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News from Home Health United – November 2016

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Home Health United Employees Bring Exceptional Care to Our Patients

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In honor of Home Care & Hospice Month, we would like to recognize our employees for their hard work and dedication to providing the care our patients and their families depend on.

Whether they are transferring a call, greeting a customer, scheduling a visit, processing an invoice, answering a question, taking a blood pressure, setting up a clinic, delivering a bed, meeting with a family, troubleshooting an error, going over an exercise, filling a prescription, visiting a clinic, recruiting a volunteer, ordering a mask, reading a resume, setting up a wheelchair, faxing a record, planning an event, and so, so much more – they are making a difference in the lives of those we serve.

And this dedication to high-quality care shows. Home Health United has once again been named a HomeCare Elite Top Agency in 2016, a distinction we have now earned for eleven years in a row.

Read more about this award and what patients have to say about our exceptional care.

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After the Diagnosis: Breast Cancer & Mastectomy

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Each year approximately 230,000 women receive the news they have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
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Most women with breast cancer will have some type of surgery to remove the tumor. Whether a woman has breast-conserving surgery, in which only the part of the breast containing cancer is removed, or a mastectomy, in which the entire breast is removed depends on a number of factors.

For those women who have a mastectomy, losing one or both breasts, is a huge life change on top of the fear and uncertainty that come with a cancer diagnosis. Meeting with a Certified Mastectomy Fitter can help women feel like themselves again after a surgery.

Find out about how we can help and meet our Certified Mastectomy Fitter.

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Hospice Ride Raises Funds for Camp GLOW

2016-10-photo-hospice-ride-check-presentationRiders recently hit the road for hospice in a fundraiser for Home Health United’s grief camp for kids. Participants came together to enjoy a day of fun, fellowship, and fall colors all while raising awareness – and funds – for Camp GLOW.

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Adults Need Their Shots – Just Live Kids Do

2016-11-photo-woman-getting-flu-shotSome adults assume they don’t need to worry about vaccinations because they got their shots when they were children. However, some adults were never vaccinated as children, or vaccines that are available today weren’t around when they were growing up. Even if you were fully vaccinated as a child, immunity can begin to fade over time leaving you vulnerable to infection. Depending on your job, lifestyle, travel, health condition, or age you could be at greater risk.

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Howard’s Story

Small things can mean so much to patients at end-of-life. For Howard, a Home Health United – Hospice patient, having one last bowl of oyster stew meant the world to him.

Because of donations Home Health United – Visiting Nurse Service Foundation and the Granting Wishes program, as well as support from Prairie du Sac’s Blue Spoon Café, we were able to make Howard’s simple wish for a bowl of soup happen.

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Make a Difference Today

The Home Health United – Visiting Nurse Service Foundation provides assistance across southern Wisconsin to those facing health related issues. When you make a donation, you are helping people living in your community who are recovering from serious illness or injury, families coping with terminal illness and grief, seniors dealing with hunger, and your neighbors in need through community programs.

There are many ways to give, and every gift, of any size, is greatly appreciated.

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Thank you to our donors.

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MOW Volunteer PhotoProvide a smile, safety check and delicious meal to residents of Madison, Middleton, Monona and Sun Prairie.

Volunteer for Meals On Wheels!

 

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Become a Hospice Volunteer!

 

SAFE Volunteer PhotoHelp Dane County residents remain SAFE at Home.

Sign-up for SAFE at Home Volunteering!

 

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Two women hugging in support group“Grief Through the Holidays” single session drop-in groups are going on now. Find one near you.

As part of our dedication to the communities we serve, we offer Community Grief Support Groups  to anyone who has experienced a loss. Find upcoming groups in your community.

HHU also offers Camp GLOW, a day camp for grieving children in a number of communities in our service area. Find out more.