CareTogether Resources for Caring for a Loved One with Pneumonia

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CareTogether is a free online caregiving resource that lets you organize a private care team around a loved one offers five resources specifically made to help caregivers of pneumonia patients learn about the condition, medication, wellness, and more so they can provide compassionate, knowledgeable care and keep their loved one out of the hospital.

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1.CareTogether Resources for Caring for a Loved One with Pneumonia 2. Pneumonia has one of the highest readmission rates of all chronic diseases. In fact, 1 in 5 people with pneumonia ends up back in the hospital. Studies have shown that an active, informed, and involved caregiving team can help reduce the likelihood of a stressful, costly return trip to the hospital. 3. CareTogether.com a free online caregiving resource that lets you organize a private care team around a loved one offers five resources specifically made to help caregivers of pneumonia patients learn about the condition, medication, wellness, and more so they can provide compassionate, knowledgeable care and keep their loved one out of the hospital. These downloadable PDFs are available on CareTogether.com by selecting Pneumonia as a condition in the Settings tab. 4. What is pneumonia? Learn about the condition, its symptoms, signs and tests, and treatment options. http://topmedicaljournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Bronchial-Pneumonia-fluid-in-air-sac-.jpg 5. Pneumonia: Pursed-lip breathing guide Pursed-lip breathing is a technique that can help you feel better. Pursed-lip breathing not only helps you relax, but it also helps you get more oxygen into your lungs and prevents shortness of breath. Practice this breathing technique until it works well for you. http://images.ddccdn.com/cg/images/en3003988.jpg 6. How to take pneumonia medications In addition to antibiotics, your physician may prescribe medications taken via an inhaler. These drugs generally help to reduce inflammation in your lungs. Breathing in the medicine through the inhaler sends it directly to your airways and lungs. How well medicine reaches your lungs depends on using the inhaler correctly. 7. Pneumonia: Activity and exercise Activity and exercise are good for pneumonia patients as they recover, but they need to be carefully balanced with appropriate rest and relaxation periods. Pace your activity to avoid unnecessary strain on your breathing. 8. Smoking and pneumonia Cigarettes contain many hazardous substances that damage the lung when inhaled, including tar nicotine, carbon monoxide, and cyanide. Long-term exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke has been shown to increase the risk of lung disease. When you have pneumonia, stopping smoking is a great idea. http://www.ehealthyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/pneumonia-and-smoking.jpg 9. These resources, combined with the calendar, task lists, and messaging features make CareTogether a powerful tool for providing informed and involved team care for your loved one with pneumonia. 10. Find Quality Care Now Locate a BrightStar Near You! Find a location in Canada Find a location in the US

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