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Is It A Cold or the Flu?
Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between respiratory infections like a cold or the flu. The symptoms listed below are common to each illness. Always talk to your doctor if you have concerns about your symptoms and especially if they become severe. Follow his/her advice for treating a cold or flu. Stop the spread of these viruses by staying home when you are sick.






Characteristic, high (102-104oF); lasts 3-4 days




General Aches, Pains


Usual; often severe

Fatigue, Weakness

Quite mild

Can last up to 2-3 weeks

Extreme Exhaustion


Early and prominent

Stuffy Nose






Sore Throat



Chest Discomfort, Cough

Mild to moderate; hacking cough

Common; can become severe


Sinus congestion or earache

Bronchitis, pneumonia; can be life-threatening



Annual vaccination; antiviral medicines – see your doctor


Only temporary relief of symptoms

Antiviral medicines – see your doctor

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of Health, April 2001

Ledyard Regional VNA Named to 2014 HomeCare Elite

Ledyard Regional VNA today announced that it has been named to the Top 500 of the 2014 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading products for home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home care profession, Home Health Line.

 “The 2014 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing high quality care in their home health communities and we recognize them for their remarkable achievements,” said Mary Oakes, Senior Vice President of Post-Acute at National Research. “We congratulate Ledyard Regional VNA on being one of the top 500 home care agencies in the country.”

 Ledyard Regional VNA’s Administrative Supervisor, Karen Goetchius, credits dedicated staff and commitment to health care at home with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. "Ledyard Regional VNA will continue to provide our residents with the most cost-effective quality care," said Ms. Goetchius.

 “HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. In today’s healthcare ecosystem, it is imperative that our seniors have access to quality home healthcare in order to ensure better patient outcomes and improve overall cost, and therefore, home healthcare continues to remain an integral part of the care continuum. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management lead to success,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.

 The entire list of 2014 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at www.nationalresearch.com/homecareelite.