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Help Bring this Kiddo Home in Mankato!

Hello, nurses (and more specifically, nurses who love kids and are looking for a job in the Mankato area). If your dream job is to work with pediatric patients in an intensive care setting, this would be a great investment in your experience. Creating the ICU level of care in the home environment while focusing on one patient, with outstanding training and support, will be the recipe for your success.

Our greatest teachers are our clients and their families. Each journey tells a story…. here is one of them.

A bit of a backstory from their perspective:

We are currently seeking nurses to care for our 1 year old daughter, Lucy.
On February 11th, Lucy was airlifted from Mankato to the PICU at St. Marys in Rochester for respiratory failure. Before then, she was totally healthy and the extent of her medical history included pink eye and an ear infection. She was diagnosed with adenovirus 3, H. influenzae, and pneumonia. One month of ECMO and a tracheostomy later, we are ready to go home.

 

A little about our family:

I’m Brittany, Lucy’s mom. My husband, Lance, and I live a few minutes from MSU and Lucy is our only child. We are both funeral directors, (…but definitely, don’t live up to the stereotype). I love cooking, gardening, reading, sitting on my porch with a cup of really good coffee, and turning everything into a to-do list. Lance is a type one diabetic and former world traveler with a passion for good food (or fast food, he’s not that picky), watching movies in his man cave, and seasonal candles from Pier 1. He refuses to cancel cable because he’d miss out on the Nightly News, Wheel of Fortune, and the Today Show.

Our house is pet-free and smoke-free, and aside from a couple random junk drawers, we’re relatively clean and organized. Making our home a comfortable workspace is a priority. If that means parking in our garage, having a desk for charting, filling the cupboard with your favorite snacks, or hooking you up with our Netflix account, the possibilities are endless.
Of course, Lucy would be your number one focus. She is so easy to love and has won the hearts of everyone in the PICU. She loves to make a mess while eating, snuggle before naptime, go for stroller rides, and play with noisy toys.

 

If you (or a friend) are interested in knowing more about this opportunity, please contact: (877) 266-5795
 
We look forward to hearing from you!
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1st Quarter 2018 ICARE Winners

A big thank you to all of our 1st Quarter 2018 ICARE winners!

You have shown that you make it a priority to live the ICARE spirit every day and we appreciate all that you do to make a difference in the lives of our home health care clients!

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#WeLoveWhatWeDo Because of YOU

Our clients are at the center of everything we do. We love taking the time to get to know all about them. It helps us provide better home health care and live our mission to create meaningful relationships.

Our clients love spending time with their families. They are always happy to share stories about their children, grandchildren, siblings, and parents. 

Their hobbies help to make them unique. Their enjoyment of everything from tennis to audiobooks and soap operas to puzzles inspire us to help them keep doing the things they love. 

We always enjoy hearing about our client’s favorite sports teams, from the Nebraska Huskers to the Green Bay Packers to the Minnesota Vikings. We cheer alongside them each season and have many friendly rivalries across our Midwest locations.

Thank you to our clients who choose to make us part of their lives and healthcare journey.

 

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Annual ICARE Excellence Award Winner

We would like to congratulate Sandy Nicolls as Recover Health’s 2017 Annual ICARE Excellence Award Winner! Sandy has proven to be an outstanding Homemaker that always provides 10/10 care to her clients. Our team, as well as the community of Sioux City, is fortunate to have Sandy making a meaningful difference in people’s lives. THANK YOU!

 

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Complex Skilled Home Care Nursing in Wisconsin

family with state representative

A big thank you to two of our families for opening their lives and sharing their perspective on a serious crisis facing families in Wisconsin. Access to Complex Skilled Home Care Nursing is important for so many reasons. The low reimbursement rates and nursing shortages have really hit Home Care. We want to show appreciation to Representative Dave Considine who came to listen and is interested in common sense solutions to this crisis in Wisconsin.

nurse with client and state representative

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Recover Health of Iowa, Inc. Acquires QHealth Medicare-certified Home Health Division

DES MOINES, IA., Mar. 7, 2018 – Greg Von Arx, CEO of Recover Health of Iowa, Inc., announces that they have acquired the QHealth Medicare-certified home health division in Des Moines, IA. QHealth will continue to provide waiver and private pay services.

Greg Von Arx stated that “Recover Health is excited to serve the community of Des Moines as well as the surrounding area. We can immediately offer skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and home health aide services. Recover Health is a Medicare-certified agency that not only works with Medicare insurance but also Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, and commercial carriers”.

Recover Health has 29 locations across Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Serving over 11,000 clients annually and employing over 1,500 team members, Recover Health is honored to provide home health care to those in the Des Moines area.

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Healthy Living: Sleep, Don’t Count Sheep!

Smiling baby girl lying on a bed sleeping on blue sheets

SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH

Ahhhh, sleep! Restful, peaceful and restorative slumber is something we all crave. Have you ever noticed how refreshed you feel after a good night’s sleep? Not surprisingly, many of us have issues that prevent us from getting the full night’s sleep that we need to feel rested. Quality sleep is necessary for the body to recover, detox and rejuvenate each night and when we don’t get a solid night’s rest, our health can suffer.

With the return of Daylight Save Time this month, many people will experience disrupted sleep. While it seems minor, a one hour change in the local time can rather dramatically affect folks’ sleep-wake cycles for several days.

SLEEP HYGIENE

There are several things you can do to create a restful environment conducive to a good night’s sleep. Practicing effective sleep hygiene is part of a healthy lifestyle, much like exercising and eating a well-balanced diet. Making a few simple changes can quickly help you to feel refreshed and ready to face another day. Incorporate the following tips, as appropriate:

  • Eliminate caffeine six hours before bedtime
  • Discontinue alcohol use at least three hours prior to bedtime
  • Observe a bedtime routine that includes going to bed and rising at the same time each day
  • Avoid naps during the day
  • Prepare a quiet, cool, dark and serene sleeping environment in your bedroom
  • Avoid reading or watching TV in bed
  • Get regular exercise
  • Go to bed when you are truly tired
  • Make sure your bed and pillows are comfortable
  • Limit the number of trips to the restroom at night by managing your evening water intake

BARRIERS TO SLEEP

There are several sleep disorders and conditions that impact your quality of sleep. Some sleep disorders can be serious, but anything that prevents you from getting restful sleep most nights is a cause for concern. Here is a short list of some of the main reasons for sleep problems:

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Abnormal sleep behavior disorders (sleepwalking, nightmares, sleep talking, etc.)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • Shift work disorder
  • Jetlag/changing time zones/time change
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression

WHEN TO SEEK HELP

If you are experiencing anything more challenging than occasional sleep challenges, you may want to make an appointment with your doctor to eliminate a more serious condition. Your physician may order a sleep study which may provide insight to help you get back to having a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.