While visiting a patient in his home, nurses of Blue Mountain Home Health Care identified a basic critical need – food – and are working to address it.

This particular patient lives alone and literally had no food in the house for himself – or for his cat. So, one of the nurses went to the supermarket to buy some food for both him and his furry friend.

Upon hearing about this situation, the staff of the program decided to conduct an "in house" collection. In addition to the food, they have been collecting cat food – and some cash. Only the staff has been contributing.

According to Director Inge Allen, "We wanted to do something to give back to the community we service, as well as stressing the importance of nutrition."

This food collection started during the holiday season, but continues as the need persists.

Home health care is a medical and personal service provided to eligible patients who prefer to recuperate from an illness in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own homes.

Blue Mountain Home Health Care makes house calls to meet the health care needs of homebound clients in Carbon, eastern Schuylkill, western Monroe, and upper Lehigh and Northampton counties.

For more information about Blue Mountain Home Health Care, visit www.blmtn.org/HomeHealthCare or call (610) 377-7175 http://www.blmtn.org/HomeHealthCare%20or%20call%20610-377-7175 .