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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

Beneficial Services Offered By Home Health Care Agencies

by Francisco Arnold

Whether a person is recovering from surgery, a serious illness, or is elderly and needs extra care at home, there are a wide variety of home health care services available to suit a person's needs. If you or a loved one is in need of home health care services, your best option is to work with a reputable local home health care agency. In many cases, all or most of the cost of home health care services will be covered by a person's health insurance plan. Some of the most common services that a home health care agency can arrange include:

Nursing Care

Many people require nursing care while recovering from illness or injury, but it rarely makes sense to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time. With the nursing care provided by a home health care agency, a person can recover comfortably at home while still getting the professional medical attention that he or she needs. A home health care nurse can provide a variety of services, including pain control, wound care and dressing changes, administering medications, IV therapy, ostomy care, and overall general health monitoring. 

In-Home Therapy

Depending on a person's unique medical situation, he or she may need a variety of therapy while recovering from illness or surgery. These therapy services are often offered in a clinical setting, but getting to all of the appointments can be very difficult for someone who is still healing and may not be fully mobile. If you or a loved one is in need of physical, occupational, or speech therapy, a home health care agency can help. These agencies contract with a variety of therapy providers who can facilitate in-home therapy sessions to makes things much easier for the patient.

Health and Personal Hygiene Needs

When recovering from surgery or a serious illness, it can be difficult or even impossible for a person to take care of his or her own health and personal hygiene needs, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and brushing teeth and hair. When a person needs extra help and attention with these tasks, a home health care agency can arrange for a specially trained home health aide to visit the patient on a daily basis and provide assistance. In some cases, home health aides may also be available to provide general supervision and companionship if a patient needs it during his or her recovery.