At Northwest Colorado Health, commitment to community is essential
November 23, 2018
It's a sunny fall day, and Ellen Parri is visiting Denise Bevard at her home in Kremmling. They sit on a sofa in a warmly lit room. Get-well cards adorn a table nearby.
Parri is a Home Health and Hospice nurse with Northwest Colorado Health. She checks Bevard's heart, lungs and blood pressure and chats with her about symptoms, medications, diet and safety in her home. Then they take a short walk along the leaf-covered sidewalk in the neighborhood.
Bevard, diagnosed with multiple myeloma, is recovering from a bone marrow transplant. Parri visits her weekly, monitoring her health and helping Bevard through the complex healing process.
"I look for subtle signs of problems and communicate with healthcare partners to keep clients on the path toward better health," Parri says. "We want them to understand we will walk with them through recovery."
Northwest Colorado Health has provided home health and hospice in Grand County since 2015. The organization has built a team that includes nurses (on call 24-7), physical and occupational therapists, a medical social worker and volunteers. They work together to ensure residents can get better, or spend their final months, weeks and days, comfortably and peacefully in their homes. The team teaches family members how to care for their loved ones and also supports them through the stress, emotions and grief that can accompany caregiving.
Parri, a home health and hospice nurse for nearly three decades, exemplifies staffs' experience, compassion and commitment to residents in their home communities in Grand County. In the past year, Northwest Colorado Health has helped 113 patients over an 864-square-mile region.
Northwest Colorado Health provides these services to anyone who needs them, regardless of ability to pay. Health insurance pays for some aspects of this care, but expenses often exceed reimbursement. Donations and fundraisers help cover the shortfall.
"I love the smile of a patient as I walk out the door," Parri says. "I know our Home Health and Hospice care is making a difference in many people's lives here."
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