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Better Breathers Support Group

Published on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Better BreathersVitalCare Home Medical Equipment of McLaren Northern Michigan is excited to announce the return of Better Breathers, a COPD and CPAP Support Group.

“This is a great opportunity for people in the community to come together to learn and support each other in their health,” said Heidi Knott, RRT, Respiratory Therapist with VitalCare.

“Our goal is to help each person become confident in managing their COPD or Sleep Apnea, and to give them the tools necessary to do so.”

The sessions will take place from 2-3 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Gaylord VitalCare Home Medical Equipment Store, located at 829 W. Main Street, and the third Thursday of each month at the McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Medical Center Conference Room, located at 740 South Main Street, third floor. Upcoming sessions include:

Living with COPD/Introduction to CPAP – presented by Leslie Miller RRT, and Paula Idalski, RRT, with guest speaker Laura McCormick from Resmed.

            Cheboygan – Thursday, September 21

            Gaylord - Tuesday, September 19

Proper Use of Medication for Lung Disease – Do I have the correct CPAP mask? – presented by Leslie Miller and Paula Idalski, with guest speaker Bill Sides, RPSGT, RST, RRT, LRT, Manager, and Donna Maul RPSGT, LRT, RRT, REEGT, both of McLaren Northern Michigan Sleep Center.

            Cheboygan – Thursday, October 19

            Gaylord – Tuesday, October 17

Pain and Symptom Management – presented by Paula Idalski, Leslie Miller, and guest speaker Cynthia Biggings, Community Nurse Liasion for VitalCare Palliative Care Program.

            Cheboygan – Thursday, November 16

            Gaylord – Tuesday, November 21

Preventing Respiratory Infection – Cleaning CPAP Equipment – presented by Leslie Miller and Paula Idalski.

            Cheboygan – Thursday, December 21

            Gaylord – Tuesday, December 19

Oxygen Equipment and Self-Monitoring – What if I need Oxygen and I am on a CPAP machine already? – presented by Leslie Miller and Heidi Knott, with guest speaker Michael Serra.

            Cheboygan – Thursday, January 18

            Gaylord – Tuesday, January 16

Heart Health Nutrition – presented by Heidi Knott and Leslie Miller, RRT.

            Cheboygan – Thursday, February 15

            Gaylord – Tuesday, February 20

For information about the Better Breathers program, please call the VitalCare Respiratory Care Coordinator at (800) 748-0103 ext. 2860 or visit