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Lake Regional Celebrates Home Health Month, Shares Patient Story

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Julie Traughber is grateful for the exceptional care she received from Lake Regional Home Health following her heart surgery. Julie Traughber is grateful for the exceptional care she received from Lake Regional Home Health following her heart surgery.

After her open-heart surgery, Julie Traughber, 77, wanted to recuperate in her daughter’s home in Lebanon rather than her home in Arkansas.

“I chose Lake Regional Home Health because I knew they would come to my daughter’s house and it was highly recommended,” said Traughber, who had her surgery in St. Louis. “Everyone was very friendly and did a great job. I was very happy with the care I received.”

November is Home Health month, and Lake Regional is raising awareness about this vital service, which provides exceptional care in the comfort of a patient’s home.

“We honor the amazing home health physicians, nurses, aides, rehab therapists, social workers and dietitians who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve,” said Deborah Mace, R.N., Lake Regional Home Health program coordinator. “Since November 2020, Lake Regional Home Health has served 996 patients, making a total of 12,470 visits to patient homes.”

Regaining Her Independence

To make sure each patient has the best health outcome, every patient has an individualized home health plan of care. Traughber’s plan included physical therapy, occupational therapy, skilled nursing and bath aide. Other home health services include speech therapy; patient and caregiver education; a home health aide; nutrition education; post-surgical care; IV therapy; wound care; and medical social services.

“My team was always making sure I was healing properly and my blood pressure was OK,” Traughber said. “They noticed I was deficient in iron, so they got my levels on track.”

The goal of home health care is to help patients recover as quickly as possible and regain their independence. Traughber is grateful to her care team, who helped her get back on her feet.

“Erik, my physical therapist assistant, was very supportive as he helped me regain strength and mobility,” Traughber said. “Thanks to my care team, I feel like I’m well on my way to my new normal and can return to some of my favorite activities, including crafts and yardwork.”

Lake Regional Home Health is available in Camden, Laclede, Miller, Morgan and Pulaski counties. All home care is intermittent care, which means that the patient, a family member or other caregiver must be able to provide necessary care during the hours that a home health staff member is not present. To be eligible, your physician has to order home health services. To learn more about Lake Regional Home Health, visit or call 573.302.2860.