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COPD Awareness: Spotlight on Prevention & Disease Management


    Over 11 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COPD. The disease impacts not only the person suffering from the disease, but family members and caretakers are affected.


    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that is often preventable. Frequently referred to as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, it damages the lungs and worsens over time. The disease affects your ability to work, sleep and perform your normal activities of daily living. COPD most frequently affects smokers and former smokers over the age of 40.



    The good news is that COPD is preventable. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD, so quitting smoking is the single biggest preventive measure you can take. Other contributing factors for COPD include exposure to secondhand smoke, fumes from chemicals, dust and air pollution.


    Unfortunately, most people don’t notice any symptoms of COPD until the disease has become advanced. The most common symptoms of COPD are shortness of breath during daily activities, fatigue, blue lips/fingernails, wheezing, tightness in the chest area, or a lingering cough that produces phlegm. Other symptoms include frequent respiratory infections.


    At this time, there is no cure for COPD. Therefore, it is helpful to reduce lung irritants by quitting smoking and avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke, fumes and dust.
    After being diagnosed with COPD, your life will change. You will experience physical and emotional challenges. You may experience anxiety, depression or stress. As you learn to manage the COPD, your quality of life will improve. Be sure to see your doctor regularly and take your medications as prescribed. Eat a healthy diet, exercise and get emotional support.


    Because of the nature of this disease, it is very important that you understand the disease, follow your doctor’s recommendations, and take your medications as prescribed. Joining a support group, or other supportive environment, will help deal with your emotions as you learn to live with this disease.

Recover Health, a regional full-service home health care provider, works in collaboration with health care providers by providing a variety of home health care services to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives and healthcare journey.

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Mental Illness Awareness Week


Mental illness affects many people, and unfortunately it’s an illness that people seldom discuss openly. Cloaked in shame and embarrassment, many people fear seeking help because they may not want to be thought of as “different” from others. WHAT IS MENTAL ILLNESS?

    Mental illness covers a broad spectrum of conditions related to mental and emotional health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines mental illness as, “a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feelings or mood.” The most common conditions are anxiety, depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia.


    If you do not have a mental illness, chances are you have had a mental illness in the past or you know someone struggling with a mental illness. In fact, 43.8 million adults experience a mental illness each year. That’s a lot of people. When you add friends, family members, and caretakers, the number of people impacted by mental illness is staggering.


    Many people with a mental illness suffer in silence and do not seek help. Unfortunately, approximately 60% of adults and 50% of youth (ages 8-15) do not get the care they need. Many times, the reason people don’t get help is because there is a stigma surrounding mental illness and they don’t want to be labeled in a negative manner. However, because mental illness is exceedingly common, it is becoming a more mainstream topic of discussion. As a society, we can continue to work toward eliminating the stigma of mental illness by talking about our personal experiences with mental illness, not judging others, or making them feel inferior or inadequate because they have a mental illness. Most importantly, we must recognize that mental illness is just that – an illness.


    If you or someone you know is suicidal, call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room. Know that help and hope is available, even though that’s very difficult to see in the midst of a crisis. If the situation is not critical, make an appointment with a physician or a mental health therapist, to get the help needed. Either way, know that mental illness is manageable and, with proper treatment, most people can mitigate their symptoms and regain a sense of hope, dignity, and normalcy in their daily lives.

Recover Health, a regional full-service home health care provider, works in collaboration with health care providers by providing in-home assessments of a client’s unique needs, monitoring compliance with prescribed medications, and alerting health care providers of changes observed in the client’s condition.

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2nd Quarter ICARE Winners!

We would like to thank all of our ICARE Winners for promoting our mission statement in the work that they do. Our mission is to create relationships that make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Each of our quarterly winners has demonstrated that they are living out our mission and we thank them for that!

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Spotlight Q & A: Recover Health’s ICARE Culture

Spotlight Q & A: Recover Health’s ICARE Culture

Recover Health is a mission driven organization dedicated to activating its philosophy and guiding principles every day. Marketing Director, Recover Health, and Business Development Director, Kristen Akervik, discuss how Recover Health’s staff live this mission every day.

Q: Tell us about Recover Health’s mission. What drives staff to show up and truly make a difference every day?

A: Our mission is to create relationships that make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. We take great pride in coordinating with our referral sources and collaborating with our business partners to provide exceptional service for our clients.

We work at recruiting and retaining individuals who are inspired by the same beliefs and values, and who intend to sustain relationships that truly make a difference in the lives of those we care for, work with, and encounter in our business activities.

Q: What is ICARE? How does Recover Health define ICARE and make it an initiative that is embraced by staff?

A: ICARE is a roadmap to live out our mission and values on a daily basis. We engage our employees with trainings, recognition programs, team building events, and on social media. Recover Health encourages involvement with fundraisers and volunteer opportunities, as well as other community events.

The 4 goals of the ICARE initiative are:

    Increase employee retention and recruitment opportunities
    Create an outstanding and meaningful experience every time, every day, for our clients and customers
    Improve client satisfaction and patient outcomes
    Create a company culture where client and customer experiences through ICARE becomes a market differentiator

Q: What does ICARE mean to staff?

A: Kathleen Cenac shared what ICARE means to her: “ICARE is a means to hold each of us accountable for our actions in and out of the office. It is more than an acronym; it stands as a reminder to treat others how we want to be treated, to live an authentic and positive life. I take ICARE with me everywhere I go, because I never want to go about a day without doing my best to make a difference in someone’s life.”

Q: How do employees bring the ICARE vision to life on a daily basis?

A: We consistently treat people with respect and kindness. We listen, and respond to, our customers and co-workers. Additionally, staff from our 20+ Recover Health offices volunteer at numerous functions within their communities.

Q: What comments have you received from clients that tells you ICARE is being embraced by staff?

A: We have received a lot of very positive feedback. Here are a just a few testimonials from our clients:


    “Both of my nurses are very friendly, thorough, and very likable. I am glad to see them when they come. They are also very helpful when I have questions.”
    “All the therapists and nurses were wonderful. They were kind and helpful.”
    “The nurse was very good. I appreciated his kindness and I was very comfortable with him. The follow-up calls to see how I was doing gave me the comfort that I needed.”
    “This healthcare agency is so wonderful. Thank you all!”
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Paraprofessional Appreciation Day at Recover Health

Recover Health dedicated today, July 13th, as Paraprofessional Appreciation Day! We would like to thank all of the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Home Health Aides (HHAs), Personal Care Workers (PCA & PCWs), as well as Homemakers for all the hard work provided to the communities we serve. We appreciate our Paraprofessional staff for carrying out our mission by creating relationships that make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.