We’re thrilled to announce that the readers of Robeson Living magazine have voted HealthKeeperz number one in home health and medical supplies! This achievement represents a group effort, with our home health care professionals and dedicated office staff working in tandem to make HealthKeeperz the absolute best it can be.
Robeson Living is a quarterly lifestyle magazine that can be found in homes, professional offices, free stands, and NC welcome centers across the county. It surveys the best food, drinks, and services in Robeson County. The only magazine of its kind in Robeson, Robeson Living has a strong readership among locals.
“This means a lot coming from our local community, from the very people we serve,” says Tim Brooks, President of HealthKeeperz. “Robeson County is a special place, and we are humbled to serve its residents each and every day. But to get voted number one in what we do – that’s extra humbling.”
HealthKeeperz provides holistic, community-based home health care services, including skilled nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy, in-home aide care, and cardiac/heart care. Our mission, “Caring for all people for the glory of God,” combines top-notch medical care with warm, compassionate service. In addition, HealthKeeperz’ home medical equipment division offers everything you need to maintain independence and dignity at home. We deliver it all, from incontinence supplies to nutritional supplies to CPAP and BiPAP.
HealthKeeperz, which has been in business for more than 50 years, is firmly rooted in Robeson County and surrounding communities. Ever since Howard Brooks first established the precursor to HealthKeeperz, Pembroke Drug Center, in the 1960s, we have had a larger commitment to serving the community. We believe that rural North Carolinians, whether they be in Lumberton, Robeson, or Bladen County and beyond, deserve the best medical care available.
“I want to thank everyone who voted for HealthKeeperz and ask for your continued support as we continue to grow and expand,” Brooks says. “I also want to thank the hardworking professionals who made this possible. They truly embody our vision of caring for all for the glory of God … Our professionals are out there working for something much bigger than themselves.”
Thank you, Robeson Living readers, for this honor! We’ll continue to serve you with the utmost care and compassion, and hope that our efforts impress enough to clinch that win next year. In the meantime, need to get in touch with HealthKeeperz? Please contact us at 800-309-3784 to begin a conversation.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
The scripture above teaches us to honor our bodies as God’s creation. It’s important to nourish ourselves with foods that uplift us in health and in spirit; you only get one body, after all. But eating healthy can be expensive. Let’s look at a few ways to nourish your mind, body, and soul without going over budget.
Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables are great, but it’s just not practical for many families to buy them every week. Luckily, you can get many of the same health benefits in the frozen food aisle. Frozen fruits and veggies are frozen soon after being picked, when they’re at peak ripeness. That means they retain high amounts of vitamins and nutrients even if they spend weeks in your freezer. In addition to the health benefits, frozen produce is also easier to prepare. Frozen fruits and vegetables come pre-washed and chopped, so it’s as easy as chucking them into the skillet, oven, or blender. Frozen fruits like mangoes and blueberries can be eaten right out of the bag for an on-the-go snack or satisfying dessert.
Many of us have grown accustomed to eating the same fruits and vegetables year-round because of the widespread availability of imported and greenhouse-grown produce. Not only is this an unnatural way of eating, but it’s also an expensive one: Food producers spend a whole lot to grow these crops and export them to faraway grocery stores, and that cost gets passed down to the consumer. Instead, opt to eat with the seasons, which means selecting different fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Seasonal crops are cheaper and often go on special at the grocery store. In North Carolina, for example, strawberries are pretty much on sale all summer long. Here’s a brief produce guide for every season:
Planting a vegetable, fruit, or herb garden takes some time and effort, but it will save you big in the long run. Seeds are extremely cheap and can produce plants that sustain for years and years. North Carolina’s warm, subtropical climate makes it easy for fruit and vegetable plants to thrive. Why not take advantage of it by planting your own? It’ll save you lots of money and trips to the grocery store. Plus, gardening helps keep you active and offers a peaceful, much-needed return to God’s green earth.
HealthKeeperz is dedicated to helping our clients live their best lives through holistic medical care and emotional support. “Caring for all people for the glory of God” is our mission, and we are honored to serve each and every one of our patients. Please contact HealthKeeperz at 800-309-3784 to start the conversation.
As I write this devotion, my family and I are hunkering down in our home, awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Dorian. Most of our offices are closed today to allow our HealthKeeperz families who will be impacted by the storm to finish up preparations.
Like many others, I have been watching or listening to the weather forecasts for the last five to seven days, hoping and praying that this moment would not come. And yet, it has arrived.
Dorian will mark three hurricanes within three years for us here in southeastern North Carolina. For many who have suffered past loss, the thought of another hurricane moving through our region brings no small amount of anxiety.
It is these folks, my own neighbors, I found myself thinking about as of late. As a follower of Christ and a minister of his Good News, my sincere heart's desire is that we all, but especially those who have suffered past loss, are able to find peace of mind and restfulness of heart in God our Father while we endure another storm. There is nothing inside of us that can bring peace and rest amid a hurricane. That is partly because the very nature of such a storm is to create unrest and destruction. It is a sheer force of nature that says there will be no peace, and neither will there be rest.
So, it is at this moment when we are confronted with the reality of another storm that we need the truth of God's word to penetrate our hearts and minds and wash the anxiety, fear, and doubt out into the sea of God’s grace and mercy. So for the rest of this devotion, I will administer the medicine for the soul that I have applied to myself and my family, God’s Word.
Psalms 46 reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, a very help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. . .” even when the hurricanes come. Wow! The Psalmist says that the place to run to for protection and shelter in times of trouble is to God, and in this running to God, we will not only be protected, but will ‘in Him’ find the strength that’s needed to weather the storm. This is why the Psalmist can so confidently say, “. . . we will not fear,” even if we are tossed about by forces that are, at least humanly speaking, unrelenting and unstoppable.
Ahh, but winds are not invincible. They must yield to the master from whose nostrils they have been blown. And the gospel of Matthew 8:26 reminds of this: Jesus says. . . “why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” And then the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
What kind of man is He? He is the God-man, and He can calm any storm, whether it be on the Sea of Galilee or in our soul!
I will close with the apostle Paul’s thoughts from Philippians 4:6-7. “. . . do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
My friend, if you are like me, this is not merely good medicine for the hours of riding out hurricanes, but is the needed daily nutrition for hearts that can become anxious and fearful so quickly. May we rest in our, Savior who promises to “bless us and keep us.”
Yours in Christ,
Chaplain James Chavis
On September 16, the dawn of a new era for home health technology debuts at HealthKeeperz, as the company modernizes and upgrades its electronic medical records (EMR) system.
The new EMR, Home Care Home Base, has more sophisticated capabilities that will enable HealthKeeperz to stay compliant in the ever-changing regulatory environment of home health and hospice. “We are dedicated to the highest levels of compliance at HealthKeeperz, and Home Care Home Base will streamline efforts through multiple efficiency features such as provider alerts and more robust reporting capabilities,” said Natalie Sharpe, Vice President of Quality and Compliance at the company.
The system will lead to more complete documentation through a more intuitive interface that tees up patient care and compliance questions for home health and hospice nurses, as well as in-home therapists. “Better inputs mean better reports, and better reports will drive quality in patient care, our number one job at HealthKeeperz,” Sharpe explained.
Most importantly, Sharpe said, Home Care Home Base will “paint a better picture of the quality of care that each patient receives at HealthKeeperz, highlighting our strengths and identifying any weaknesses that we can work quickly to rectify.
According to Karen Booth, Director of Quality and Compliance, the new EMR will allow senior management to see the impact of treatment decisions and wellness initiatives via a clearer view of patient outcomes. “We will be able to track and trend outcomes data at an unprecedented level,” she said. “We are so excited about Home Care Home Base, because our people want nothing more than to do a good job, and our patients just want to get better or spend their hospice time with a better quality of remaining life. Furthermore, once we develop our plan of care, which prescribes a certain number of visits from our nurses and therapists, we’ll have instant analysis that determines if we missed any recommended elements of care. It’s incredible for our talented people to have that kind of technology backstopping their efforts, giving us guidance in real time.”
The system will track length of stay, visits from HealthKeeperz staff, and providers will benefit from having quicker access to clinical insights with greater evidence of outcomes. “For example, when we are able to see trend data on surgical recoveries, we can predict more accurately the amount of time it takes for patients to recover,” said Sharpe. “This level of evidence will help us improve our effectiveness with Medicare and Medicaid, in particular, with regard to our budgets for services and our reimbursements.”
Booth also explained the new technology’s foreseen impact on the company’s hospice care. “EMR is Just as important for hospice, as we track and trend each patient’s health status, she explained. “The technology helps to reveal needs for a change in level of care, from visit-driven to continuous home care. Ultimately, we’ll deliver even better care from a clinical perspective, as we will detect declines in overall health sooner through the tools embedded in the system. Keeping our hospice patients more comfortable and lightening their stress often means the difference for a better end-of-life scenario surrounded by family and friends.”
Booth remarked that implementation of the new technology is the culmination of months of hard work from everyone at HealthKeeperz. “This effort will have lasted nearly four months by the time of launch, dating back to our kickoff call on May 21,” she explained. “We also just celebrated everyone’s passion and dedication in implementing an EMR system that will be a real game-changer in patient care, efficiency, and our ability to stay compliant with the demands of Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurers.”
“Our recent celebrations were designed to update our staff on their tremendous efforts with Home Care Home Base and build excitement,” said HealthKeeperz President Tim Brooks. “We have a culture at HealthKeeperz of being passionate about what we do. We think about how this new technology, which is never easy to implement at first, is going to feel for our staff and our patients. It’s difficult to do new things, but in the end, it’ll be better, because we care.”
Congratulations to the HealthKeeperz team for running the marathon together and making the launch of Home Care Home Base a success.