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The team at Nanticoke Health Services wants to help you be in the zone of your target heart rate.
First you should know more about your resting heart rate.

Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute when you’re at rest. A good time to check it is in the morning after you’ve had a good night’s sleep, before you get out of bed or grab that first cup of coffee.

For most of us, between 60 and 100 beats per minute (bpm) is normal. The rate can be affected by factors like stress, anxiety, hormones, medication, and how physically active you are.

When it comes to resting heart rate, lower is better. It usually means your heart muscle is in better condition and doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a steady beat.

Pictured L-R: Lilia Kulmaczewski, RN, MHA, CPHQ, Chief Compliance Officer; Lori Lee, Lori Lee, RN, BSN, AVP of Nursing; Tres Pelot, RRT, AVP of Clinical Services; Penny Short, RN, BSN
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Nursing Officer; Tom Brown, Senior VP & President of Nanticoke Physician Network
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Lynn Harman, Executive Director of the Western Sussex Chamber of Commerce reminds us to tell you that Peninsula offers free blood pressure screenings in Maryland and Delaware each month. Check the calendar on our website for more: www.peninsulahomecare.com/community-calendar/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Sherman the Shorebird of the Delmarva Shorebirds knows that heart disease is "fowl" play as do team GM Chris Bitters and Assistant GM Jimmy Sweet! They know too much salt can "foul" healthy dishes because when you eat too much salt, the extra water stored in your body raises your blood pressure. The higher your blood pressure, the greater the strain on your heart, arteries and kidneys which can lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease. Foods with less than 120 mg sodium per 100 grams are considered low in salt. ... See MoreSee Less

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Even as busy as Seaford Mayor David Genshaw gets... he knows the better night’s sleep you get, the healthier your heart will be!

Here are some tips for falling asleep earlier and staying asleep longer:

• Exercise: Try getting adequate exercise. According to the American Heart Association, it is important to schedule in 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise at least three to four times per week.
• Avoid excess stimulants, such as caffeine, especially before bed.
• Establish an evening routine: Have an evening routine of preparing for bed that includes turning off electronic devices and having soothing activities such as a hot shower or bath, drinking chamomile or herbal tea, reading or meditating.
• Stay away from sleep medication. Medicated sleep aids may help in the short term, but recent studies have shown drugs to have adverse effects on users.
• Make sure you work with your doctor to determine why you aren’t sleeping.
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Is it really anxiety - or could it be a silent heart attack?
Maybe something you would see an interview on with Jimmy Hoppa and Lisa Bryant on WBOC's Delmarva Life.

Here’s what you should know about silent heart attacks to protect yourself…

• A silent heart attack happens when the flow of blood is blocked in the coronary arteries by a build-up of plaque.
• Some studies suggest that silent heart attacks are more common in women than in men. Women may also be more likely to chalk up symptoms of a silent heart attack to anxiety and dismiss them.
• The risk factors for a silent heart attack are the same as those for a recognized heart attack, and include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, family history of heart disease, obesity and age.
• A silent heart attack can be just as dangerous as its more obvious counterpart because the event often leaves scarring and damage to the heart, it puts the person at greater risk of other heart problems.

What to do during a silent heart attack - Advocate for yourself!
If you do notice symptoms of a silent heart attack, try to stay calm and call 911 immediately. When you get to the hospital, make it clear that you think you may be having a heart attack and not an anxiety attack.

How to prevent a silent heart attack
In addition to knowing the risk factors - listen to your body, and if something isn’t right, talk to a doctor.
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These brave Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke souls took the Polar Bear Plunge earlier this frigid February in support of Special Olympics of Delaware.

Air temperature = 41 degrees
Water temperature = 31 degrees

Plungers included Cassidy White, Bev White, Patti Jo Harding and Valerie Roth
Team support for pictures, towels and cheerleading provided by Edee Elliott.
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Want your blood pressure checked for FREE without visiting the doc? Stop by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital or one of our locations - dates below. Knowing your “numbers” is important. ... See MoreSee Less

Free Blood Pressure Checks

February 20, 2018, 11:00am - February 20, 2018, 2:00pm

February is American Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases remain the leading global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year. Show your heart some love this month by taking charge of your health! On Tuesday, February 20 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Nanticoke will offer FREE blood pressure checks for Nanticoke employees, volunteers AND the community! This free screening event will take place outside the Riverview Cafeteria at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. If you can’t make this event, Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke will also provide free blood pressure checks for the community on the following dates: - Friday, February 9 at 9:30 am | Nanticoke Senior Center - Tuesday, February 20 at 10:00 am | Laurel Senior Center

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It's all in the numbers says Salisbury Mayor Jake Day.

Cholesterol levels and blood pressure are important when considering heart health. Here's a breakdown of what factors can increase the risk for heart disease:

High LDL "bad" cholesterol (greater than 100 mg/dL)
High triglycerides (greater than 150 mg/dL)
Low HDL "good" cholesterol (less than 60 mg/dL)
High blood pressure (greater than 120/80)
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Bull, our downtown Salisbury Bike Cop wants to remind you to exercise to keep your heart healthy!

Aerobic exercise has the most benefits for your heart. Over time, aerobic exercise can help decrease your heart rate and blood pressure and improve your breathing.

Running, jogging, and biking are some examples. You're moving fast enough to raise your heart rate and breathe harder, but you should still be able to talk to someone while you're doing it.
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We're seeing red! Today kicks off Heart Health Month. Celebrating with us are Brenda Givens, Fran Todd and Bobbi Jo Tice from Nanticoke Senior Center. They're wearing their bright red Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke gloves to remind folks to take care of their hearts because heart disease is the #1 cause of death for men and women in the United States. We will be offering tips for keeping your heart healthy all month. ... See MoreSee Less

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Peninsula Home Care Named “Agency of the Month” by the
Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign

SALISBURY, MD – Home care professionals are often the first line of defense in preventing hospital readmissions because they see first-hand what a patient deals with in the home setting during the recovery period. Peninsula Home Care, is being recognized on a national stage for qualifying as “Agency of the Month” by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) Network. They are being recognized for their efforts in reducing hospital readmissions and oral medication management. Peninsula Home Care ranked in the 20% in Acute-Care Hospitalization (ACH) and the 80% in Oral Medication Management rates.

We are honored to be acknowledged by HHQI as it has created a collaborative effort among healthcare providers to create evidence based best practices to help reduce the number of readmissions associated with medication management,” said Nancy Bagwell, are director of operations, Peninsula Home Care. “We will continue to work diligently to improve patient outcomes and quality of life in our community.”

Peninsula Home Care took into account all risk levels from insufficient funds for medication and lack of transportation and missed follow up doctor appointments to fall risks and other chronic disease symptoms. Peninsula Home Care was recognized for initiating the following Best Practices in efforts to reduce hospital readmissions:

1) Screening patients upon admission for high risk of re-hospitalization and tailoring care to meet the individual needs of the patient
2) Establishing communication along the continuum of care for the patient (i.e. our team with primary care physician, surgeon, specialist, etc.) as needed and appropriate
3) Planning in the transition of care from hospital to home
4) Ensuring the patient, family, and caregivers are participating in the plan of care for recovery and using methods such as "teach back" to educate the patient, family and/or caregiver
5) Medication reconciliation completed within 48 hours of discharge / Medication Management
6) Notifying physicians if a patient is identified as "high risk for readmission"
7) Assisting the patient with establishing and preparing for follow-up appointments
8) Using interdisciplinary teams to coordinate patient care
9) Implementation of telehealth to assist patients in learning signs and symptoms of exacerbation and maintenance of disease process to increase patient accountability
10) Making patients aware that PHC is available 24/7 and to reach out before going to the ER
11) Comprehensive discharge planning (i.e. facilitating discharges to rehab facility such as Genesis or nursing homes with detailed instructions and partnership or referral to other community healthcare providers.

“It starts with our very first visit to a patient’s home,” added Bagwell. “Medication management can be confusing especially to the many home care patients that are on complicated drug regimes. Our team is dedicated to assessing both the patient and caregiver’s ability to administer medications, perform a medication reconciliation, and seek to identify risk of nonadherence.

By tracking patients, the PHC team was able to proactively intervene, communicate challenges to doctors and other healthcare providers and develop a plan for the coordination of care that would best fit the patients’ needs at home.
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Peninsula Home Care's next television commercial is in production! Stay tuned for the debut later this month! ... See MoreSee Less

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Save the date for a FREE Health Fair and Partner Expo!

Saturday, March 17 from 9 AM to 1 PM at Laurel High School Nanticoke Health Services will host the 6th annual community health fair & local partner expo, The Heart of Good Health. This event is free and open to everyone, so bring your family, friends and neighbors!

Nanticoke is pleased to host this community health event for all ages. Health education, health professionals, screenings, healthy living demonstrations, and many activities for the whole family will be available throughout the day. For more information, visit www.nanticoke.org/healthfair.

Thank you to the Laurel School District and the Laurel and Western Sussex communities for your continued support of this great event. Last year’s event was a huge success! #LaurelHealthFair2018
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6th Annual Heart of Good Health (Laurel Health Fair)

March 17, 2018, 9:00am - March 17, 2018, 1:00pm

Join us on Saturday, March 17 from 9 AM to 1 PM at Laurel High School for our 6th annual community health fair & local partner expo, The Heart of Good Health. This event is free and open to everyone, so bring your family, friends and neighbors! Nanticoke is pleased to host this community health event for all ages. Health education, health professionals, screenings, healthy living demonstrations, and many activities for the whole family will be available throughout the day. For more information, visit www.nanticoke.org/healthfair. Thank you to the Laurel School District and the Laurel and Western Sussex communities for your continued support of this great event. Last year’s event was a huge success! #LaurelHealthFair2018

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Want some basic training on how to stop bleeding (especially important for caregivers,) this FREE Peninsula Regional Medical Center “Stop the Bleed” class is for you. It will be held Tues., January 16 from 6-8 p.m.
and cover pressure points, applying dressing and proper use of tourniquets. Open to the public; no medical knowledge required. Hunters, campers, parents, Scout leaders, coaches and people who live in rural areas or work in an industry where people can get injured can especially benefit. Register online at www.peninsula.org/stopbleed.
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Stop the Bleed Class - Free

January 16, 2018, 6:00pm - January 16, 2018, 8:00pm

Accidents can happen at any time, and no matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes; it is important to step in quickly. Peninsula Regional Medical Center will hold a FREE “Stop the Bleed” class on January 16 from 6-8 p.m. It will cover pressure points, applying dressing and proper use of tourniquets. It is open to the public; no medical knowledge is required. Hunters, campers, parents, Scout leaders, coaches and people who live in rural areas or work in an industry where people can get injured can especially benefit. Please register online at www.peninsula.org/stopbleed.

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma typically results from abnormally high pressure inside your eye. The good news - If it’s caught early, you can prevent additional vision loss.
The best way to catch any type of glaucoma early is through annual preventive eye care appointments. Simple tests performed during these routine eye checks may be able to detect damage from glaucoma before it advances and begins causing vision loss.
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The winter weather has made it tough getting out of the house lately. When you aren't soaking in the sunshine it could mean you are lacking vitamin D which puts you at a greater risk for catching a cold.

To help, make sure you maintain a balanced diet with foods that are rich in vitamin D. This includes beef, fish, milk, yogurt and breakfast staples such as OJ, eggs, oatmeal and cereal. Consider pudding made with milk for dessert!
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Maybe you shoveled yesterday but it doesn't look that way because of the high winds that blew through. So here are a couple more tips to prevent you from tweaking your back when you venture out with your shovel.

Pivot to avoid excess twisting of your trunk
Allow your hips to move with your shoulders so that you require less rotation of your spine. When you are moving the snow from here to there, pivot over your back foot while turning your trunk toward the opposite side.

Lift and move it in layers to limit the weight
You don’t have to go all the way down to the sidewalk with each dig.
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For our patients in the Seaford area, please take note - and stay warm. ... See MoreSee Less

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We've been busy making emergency prep calls to our patients and want to remind them to stay inside and call our answering service with concerns.

Please call 911 in an emergency, if the power goes out for a prolonged period of time or you need to be evacuated to a shelter.

Residents can also call Emergency Operations Centers for updates and safety/emergency needs.

Sussex County Disaster Response Emergency Operations Center - 302-855-7801

Wicomico County maintains an active Emergency Management Division - 410-548-4820.

Worcester County Department of Emergency Services - 410-632-1315

Somerset County Department of Emergency Services - 410-651-0707
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It's a winter wonderland out there!
Here are some more tips to keep you safe when shoveling your way out today.

Avoid reaching too far
Shovel the snow close to you - the more outstretched your arms are when you lift, the heavier the snow effectively becomes, placing a greater strain on your low back.

Lift from your legs
Just as when you lift a heavy box from the floor, rise from your knees and hips to avoid overdoing it on your back.
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The snow is falling! Don't' worry... we've got your back!

Snow can be pretty heavy, especially the wet stuff. Our friends at CrossFit Salisbury are familiar with lifting heavy weights so we asked them to demo the "safe" way to lift a shovel full of hefty snow.

Notice how he bends from the hips and knees, NOT the back.

Just like when you squat or sit back in a chair, you want to lean your upper body forward from your hips and knees while you balance your weight over your feet by leading and reaching back with your butt.

Also try to maintain a neutral spine. Try not to bend or arch away from your midline comfort zone. To maintain neutral you will have to engage your abdominal and low back muscles, working the low back extensors most as you bend, to stabilize your low back and keep it from rounding.
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We tapped into our artistic side for a good cause!
Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke raised $155 at a Paint Nite Fundraiser for the Delaware Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge. The plunge is scheduled for Sunday, February 4th.
Gena Hammond RN and her daughter, Amanda, had a good time!
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Peninsula Home Care is "soda-lighted" to be partners with PRMC that we had to present the case managers with a small gift for the holidays! ... See MoreSee Less

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Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke branch director Beverly White spent the afternoon with Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Director Joe Thomas working on public safety videos that will be shared with PHC Facebook followers soon!

Learn the best way to prepare for an emergency, how to share your information with first responders in advance of an emergency and why having an Emergency Buddy is one of the best ways to stay safe.

Coming soon!

#PeninsulaHomeCareatNanticoke #SussexCounty #EmergencyPreperation #CommunityPartners
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More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease. So as one last tribute to Alzheimers Awareness Month, we wanted to share this 4-minute video where you can learn how it affects the human brain as well as take a look at the new promising ideas to treat and prevent it. bit.ly/2nyLZOW ... See MoreSee Less

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Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke had fun spreading holiday cheer this weekend at the Seaford Christmas Parade.

Our mascot, Edgar led the float with Brett Rodgers and Lia Smith.

Our Float theme, “Let us be the light to keep you home” was constructed by Staci Smith, account manager, Valerie Roth, Clinical manager, Dennis Rodgers and Brett Rodgers.

Riding the float is Valerie Roth, Jack Kram (as a patient), and Jean Rodgers (as a caregiver)

Spreading Santa cheer is Staci Smith, account manager.

Our very own Nanticoke CEO, Steve Rose was the Grand Marshall of the parade!
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Why should you consider doing a medication review with a pharmacist during Medicare Open Enrollment before December 7th?

Apple Discount Drugs, one of our community partners, explains why and how it can end up saving you money in 2018.
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It's Medicare Open Enrollment time! Take the time to do a review (for FREE) with one of our pharmacists. It could end up saving you thousands of $$$!

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The most beautiful way to start the day is with a grateful heart. Stacey, our Registered Nurse Case Manager, is thankful for her work family this season. ... See MoreSee Less

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Debbie Stevens, Account Manager for Peninsula Home Care is thankful for the beautiful community that she works in every day and the opportunity to see successful outcomes for patients through our program. ... See MoreSee Less

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A newer member of our team, it didn't take long for Claire to catch on to the PHC culture of putting patient care first! ... See MoreSee Less

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One of our PT's of the Year, Mayank appreciates his patients and how they make him feel like part of the family! ... See MoreSee Less

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There is always something to be thankful for. Samantha will be ringing in the new year with her new baby boy, and she couldn't be more excited! ... See MoreSee Less

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This is the first smiling face you see when you walk in the Peninsula Home Care Salisbury office. With five children, this staff member has her hands full but is always energetic and willing to help another team member. Her home family is important but so is her work family! ... See MoreSee Less

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Free Blood Pressure Screening

February 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Tue 27

Free Blood Pressure Screening

February 27 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Mar 05

Free Blood Pressure Screening

March 5 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

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