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Home Care helps clients stay healthy at home

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It's an integral part of healthcare, but you may not know about it: home care. Mercy Home Care provides services to patients of all ages, from babies to seniors... helping to keep them in their homes, and not the hospital or nursing home.

"This is really a great relief to be able to stay in our own home," said Barbara Pelchat. Barbara Pelchat and her husband Gene have been Mercy Home Care Clients for more than two years, since they both ended up in the hospital for separate reasons at the same time. "Getting around is not as easy as it used to be," said Barbara. When she came home, Barbara used several services provided by Mercy Home Care, including physical and respiratory therapy and nursing. "They are all patient. They are all knowledgeable. They are all kind. We really have enjoyed working with all of them," said Barbara. "They help me with my exercise. They help me with my diet," said Gene Pelchat.

Gene says having the nurses and therapists come into their home is a huge help, and really cuts down on the number of times they have to go to the clinic. "You can't run back and forth to the doctor every day of the week," said Gene. "The connection between the doctor and the patient through the nurse or through the physical therapist is extremely helpful," said Holmes. Lois Holmes is a social worker with the Mercy Home Care program. She says another benefit to the service is that it's done in the comfort, and familiar surroundings, of a clients own home. "Physical therapists can help people by using their own stairs. When you go into the hospital and you walk the stairs, it's not going to be the same as at home, " said Lois Holmes.

For Gene and Barbara, that's where they want to stay; at home, together. "I need her. She's the reason I want to live," said Gene.

Mercy Home Care can be ordered by a patient's physician. It's often covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. Their services include: physical therapy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and social work.

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