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CHF Home Health Care Patient Tells His Story

February 21, 2012

Below is a story on one way Concordia Visiting Nurses helps those with Congestive Heart Failure, published in our June issue of Faith in Caring magazine. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, e-mail us here or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724.352.1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy!

For Spring Church resident Leroy Henry, it wasn't just the care and education provided by Concordia Visiting Nurses (CVN) that impressed him, it was the motivation.

A heart attack a while back sidelined 65-year-old Henry considerably. After receiving an unofficial referral from a nurse acquaintance, he became a cardiac rehab patient with CVN.

"Apprehensive" was one word to describe how he felt prior to starting home health care services. Perhaps a more appropriate term would be "downright nervous."

"I admit that I don't always play well with others, and I was scared of how this home health care thing was going to go," Henry said. "Thankfully, their first visit put me at ease. I was comfortable and even motivated."

Henry, after surviving several debilitating medical issues, puts great concentration into his speech. However, his passion shines through when discussing his caregivers, most notably CVN Physical Therapist Terry George.

"The care these guys provided, they helped me so much," he said. "I miss them, I really do."

With its Chronic Disease Management Program for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), CVN is doing what it can to help patients like Henry make their hearts last. His advice to others on the path to CHF is to take care of your health, first and foremost.

He said if you're ever faced with problems like he's experienced, do your homework. Check into the providers and find a good fit.

"There are a lot of these companies out there, but if CVN is in your area, call them first."

For more information on Concordia Visiting Nurses, call the Cabot Branch at 1.888.352.6200, Beaver County Branch at 1.866.869.8669 or visit online at http://www.concordiavn.org/. For information on caring for an aging loved one, visit our educational caregiver website www.elderpages.com/pittsburgh.

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