Seeking Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses

Mountain Home Health Care, a Non-Profit, Home Health, Hospice, and Care-giving Agency is currently seeking full-time Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, competitive pay, and a sign-on bonus. For more information on these positions please contact Abbie Jackson at 575-440-0008.

Job Description: – Licensed Practical Nurse- Registered Nurse

January 22nd, 2020|Blog|

MHHC Named HomeCare Elite® for 2019

Mountain Home Health Care was recently named a Top Agency of the 2019 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 14 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare. It is sponsored by DecisionHealth, part of the H3.Group.

January 13th, 2020|Blog|

Taos Community Foundation’s Peak of Excellence Award

Mountain Home Health Care and Hospice is proud to announce that it is the first recipient of the Taos Community Foundation’s Peak of Excellence Award.

The award is presented to a non-profit engaging the community of Taos County, NM and whom touches the lives of Taos County residents in a meaningful way. Mountain Home Health Care and Hospice often provides care to patients regardless of their ability to pay and insures that we are holding true to our Mission above all else.

We are so honored and humbled by this award and want to take the opportunity to encourage community members to become involved with our organization by making donations to our administrative and indigent care operations.

(https://www.facebook.com/mountainhomehealth/posts/2531409093582696)

October 10th, 2019|Blog|

Goodbye Jeff, see you in Clovis!

Jeff Kloer, Rehab Director

It is with bittersweet tears that we say goodbye to Jeff
Kloer today. Jeff has been successfully directing our rehab department for the
last three years. Two years prior, he joined our Physical Therapy Team when the
department only consisted of two other Therapists. With Jeff’s efforts, he expanded
our Therapy Team to include Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. As a
result, our Rehab department has grown from 3 to 12 Therapists! Which means,
month after month, year after year, our Therapy team has been caring for a
growing number of patients from our Taos Community and neighbors.

When asked about his Physical Therapy work, Jeff said that overcoming the challenges were rewarding and that he felt fortunate to meet and treat so many genuine and kind patients. They will always have a soft spot in his heart. As will you Jeff, always have a place in our hearts.

When a wind from Clovis whispered in Jeff’s ear about a new opportunity to develop a rehab program for treating pilot fatigue on Cannon Air Force Base, Jeff couldn’t resist. Packing up his moto-bike and leaving the wind to the dust, Jeff leaves Taos better than he found it. We’ll see you again Jeff, in Clovis, New Mexico!

July 12th, 2019|Blog|

Dealing with Grief During the Holidays

Grief, Gratitude, and the Holiday Blues
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Easter and Passover. Holidays are associated with laughter and fun, celebration as well as reflection, times to spend with family and dear friends.  For many of us they’re also associated with sorrow, grief, loneliness and stress.  Add the death of a dear friend or family member to the mix and holidays can be harrowing.

Grief is a response to the love that existed and still exists between us and those who have gone on before us.  Grief and love go hand in hand. Why pretend we’re not sad?  Why pretend we don’t miss them?

When someone special dies our world might seem to crumble, and the demands of the holiday can heighten our sorrow. Celebrating when a loved one has died can feel like betrayal; as if enjoying life without them means we’ve forgotten them. But we haven’t. We can mix our grief with gratitude for those who’ve been in our lives and be reminded that life continues to offer goodness and blessings.
What can we do? How can we celebrate the holidays when we’re missing our loved one?
Consider these ideas. Then pick some things to do that seem authentic to you and your family –

Laugh when it’s time to laugh. Cry when tears are needed
Talk about them and the times you shared.
Make their favorite food. Their favorite food is sometimes banished from the holiday meal. Instead, eat it and enjoy it! Or laugh over the fact that it’s the one food you never did like very much.
Light a candle, say their name or say a prayer for them
Try continuing their favorite holiday activity
Dedicate a decoration on the Christmas tree in their honor
Decorate their grave site
If you scattered them to the winds, or a river […]

November 8th, 2018|Blog|

MHHC Launches New Intern Program

-by Nat Hoonsan

Say “Hello!” to Kayla Nichols, Mountain Home Health Care’s first Intern from UNM-Taos.
In my various administrative roles with MHHC over the last 18 months, especially those involving staff recruitment, I felt there was an opportunity to better prepare those in our community for the workforce, especially in an administrative office setting. I sat down with a small committee to design an internship program for our Agency and then met with UNM-Taos’s Career Development Facilitator to coordinate this inaugural program. The overall purpose of this internship, in addition to readying students for the administrative workforce, is to also give those with little or no prior office-related employment the experience that many companies require. Upon successful completion of the internship program, each student will have an administrative experience to list on their resume and a letter of recommendation for future employment. Students will also gain the experience of working with a community-related non-profit in the home health industry. Each internship is tailored to the student’s school and activities schedule and runs approximately the length of a UNM-Taos semester. The length of the program allows us to prepare a number of students each year for the workforce.
Although our current internship is filled we can always review applicants for the following semester’s program. Applicants must be current UNM-Taos students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Internship hours are paid and the schedule is flexible. For more information, contact Nat at (575) 758-4786 or inquire through the Career Services at UNM-Taos.

April 20th, 2018|Blog|

Hospice Volunteering in India

-By Rose Gordon, Hospice Spiritual Care Counselor & Volunteer Coordinator.

I was delighted to volunteer at Ganga Prem Hospice (GPH) in November and December 2017 and engage in providing the services they offer to patients in the cities of Rishikesh, Deradhun and Haridwar. In Northern India.

Ganga Prem is an inter-faith hospice that holds a free clinic every month, attended by up to 100 people who receive diagnosis, medications, wound care, counseling and other services they are unable to get elsewhere. Many, if not most, of the people are found to have cancer. If their condition calls for it they are, with their agreement, driven to the GPH in-patient hospice facility, located in the countryside.

It’s about a 45 minute drive from the main marketplace in Rishikesh to the hospice, along a busy highway and then on a dirt road through the jungle, which reportedly has both tigers and elephants, though I saw only large deer. Once through the jungle, the dirt road opens to an area of lush green fields, planted with grain, leafy green vegetables and squash. On both sides of the road are the simple homes of the local residents. Flat roofs hold the most recent harvest, left there to dry in the sun. Herbs and other vegetables hang from the porches. There are many thatched roof buildings for livestock and just behind the hospice is a large grove of guava trees, tended by women and children whose time is spent chasing birds away from the ripening fruit.

The three storied hospice itself was entirely built by donations. Each patient’s room has its own bathroom and small balcony and the area around the hospice is filling with flowers, shrubs and  a vegetable garden. Large balconies circle the hospice, so that patients can sit in the fresh air and sunlight. The […]

March 20th, 2018|Blog|

The Spiritual Care That We Provide For Our Hospice Patients

Spiritual Care is not religious care. At Mountain Home Health we have a Spiritual Care Coordinator whose role is to coordinate visits from priests, deacons or ministers if the patients request it. Additionally, our Spiritual Care Coordinator (S.C.C.) has a degree in Hospice and Grief Counseling, is a member of the Spiritual Care Association and has decades of experience in non-medical End of Life care, so she also provides Spiritual Counseling if requested by patients or their loved ones.

The Spiritual Care Counselor (S.C.C.) does an initial assessment and if the patient agrees, spends time with them, offering a listening presence that invites patients to talk about what’s most important to them towards the end of life. Patients often identify elements of their lives that still provide comfort and identify their beliefs about death and/or the afterlife. Patients might address their concerns about dying, concerns about their loved one’s wellbeing or wishes for how the family will carry on when they themselves are no longer there.Patients typically talk about their life and in conversation with the S.C.C., might identify people they need to contact for forgiveness, closure or simply to express their appreciation for years of friendship and love.

Patients often review their life and values, celebrating the highs and acknowledging the lows, sharing stories of the losses they have experienced or regrets they might have, as well as talking about their accomplishments and revisiting situations that gave them the greatest joy or happiness. Encouraged by the comfort and safety that a skilled, experienced S.C.C. can provide, patients have the opportunity to identify the meaning in their lives and come to terms with life’s mystery.

In response to what is shared the Spiritual Care Coordinator might offer reflective listening, bring a prayer or poem to share, or take dictation and write cards […]

September 18th, 2017|Blog|

Employee Spotlight, Spring 2017

Meet Ruth Cordova, one of our most beloved staff members.
Ruth has been a CNA, or Home Health Aide, with Mountain Home Health Care for the last eight years. The care that Ruth performs for our clients is very important to her. While bathing clients, she checks for bruising, sores, and rashes, to make sure they are comfortable and safe. Her favorite part of working with MHHC are the many different kinds of people she gets to work with and learn from. […]

March 30th, 2017|Blog|

21st Annual Hospice Memorial Service

Mountain Home Health Care hosted its 21st Annual Hospice Memorial Service to celebrate life and cherish the memories of those we lost in 2016. […]

January 4th, 2017|Blog|