Now at age 20, former Meridian High School ROTC and band member Joshua McGlothin is confined to a bed because of brain, heart and lung damage he received in a fire at his house four years ago.

Needing around the clock care, only his mother is really there to care for him. This is something which she says she could not do without some help from home health care services.

"He did have private nursing care but that was taken away from him because of changes in government policies. When you're in a home 24/7, you feel like you're a prisoner in your own home," says Joshua's mother Grace McGlothin. "This way at least, the time that they are here I can go outside and get some fresh air."

Three times a week someone from Magna Home Healthcare goes to the McGlothin's house to bathe Joshua. At least once a week a nurse from the agency goes by the house to give Joshua a general checkup and any needed shots. Although this is good, Joshua's mother says believe it or not, it's just their company which means so much!

"They give me someone to talk to."

"I think we're very important for her to talk to, to keep that attitude going," says Nurse Debra Stegall.

Home health care officials say also important is the money that home health care can sometimes save.

"Just because healthcare costs are rising everyday," says Renae Watkins with Magna Home Health, "naturally taking care of someone in their own home is cheaper than having an elaborate hospital or big doctor's clinic."

Meanwhile, although the service is good for the recipients, home health care officials say they also get something in return.

"He looks at you and smiles for you. I just enjoy coming anytime," says Nurse Stegall. "It's people like her that make home health worth going, worth working at. It really is!"

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