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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

Home Health Care Aides Help Elderly People Who Suffer From Loneliness

by Francisco Arnold

Aging has a nasty way of causing loneliness and may be a serious issue with your parent. Even though you visit them as often as possible, you see more and more symptoms of loneliness and depression in their lives. Thankfully, a home health care professional may help here.

Aging May Cause An Increase in Loneliness

Every day, you stop by your elderly parent's home to talk to them and keep them entertained and safe from boredom and loneliness. However, you still feel like they are lonelier than they should be and like they cannot control their feelings of isolation. Children can do a lot to help their parents feel integrated but loneliness often sets in anyway.

These feelings often arise in elderly people who have seen their peers pass away or become incapable of communication. These peers provided a communication and socialization outlet for your parent, one that they are struggling to fill. No matter how much they love you, that gap may not be filled by your presence, though your visits may help prevent complete sadness and loneliness.

So even though you spend hours with your parent every day, your presence alone is not enough to ward off their loneliness. You've done nothing wrong here – in fact, you may have helped them out in many ways – but they need more friends and companionship to stay healthy. Thankfully, a home health nurse may be able to help in this situation.

Home Care May Help

A home health care professional comes to your parent's house and provides high-quality care and companionship. These experts are trained to not only address your parent's needs but to become a friend. Somebody new like this – a person who may even be within their age range or close – provides many elderly people with the companionship that they need late in life.

And while these experts come to your parent's home, they can help with them a variety of care needs, such as washing up, doing their dishes and laundry, and even preparing food. Just as importantly, some of these professionals can provide actual physical care and even prepare medications for your parents to ensure that they don't miss any doses.

So if you're worried about your parents being lonely when you're not around, please take the time to contact a home care professional today. These experts will work with your parent and provide them with a loving care and a friendship that they can cherish until the end.