The Fauquier Health Home Care Shop, located at Fauquier Hospital, offers the comfort that comes with understanding the unique needs of those who are recovering from illness. Along with the fear and pain that comes with a cancer diagnosis and treatment plan, come dozens of practical problems. “What can I do about losing my hair? I don’t want to be conspicuous wherever I go.” “During treatment, I can’t seem to stay warm.” “My muscles are so sore and uncomfortable. How can I sit in one place for hours while I have my treatment?”

Carol Vogel, selling specialist with the Home Care Shop, says that the venue provides solutions for all these worries. The shop sells special hats designed to come down a little further in front, for the comfort of those who have temporarily lost their hair. Clever “hair for hats” can be purchased as well; they fit inside the hat and provide an attractive, natural-looking fringe. Called Hair Halos and Fringes, they come in several shades.

Extra-warm scarves, wraps and socks will help keep patients warm while their systems are compromised, and specially designed cushions provide support for sore muscles.

For those with orthopedic injuries, the Home Care Shop provides a full range of braces and supports, as well as canes, walkers and transport wheelchairs. And just for fun, CastMedic accessories are available as well. These are colorful, pretty pieces that are used to brighten up a boot cast. Who says a cast has to be boring?

Mothers-to-be can purchase belts that help support their growing bellies, and can rent hospital-quality breast pumps so they can provide breast milk for their babies when they are away from home. Pumps rent for $55 a month or $25 a week. Dr. Wesley Hodgson, OB/GYN, is delighted that breast pumps are a part of the Home Care Shop inventory. “Supporting breastfeeding is an important responsibility for all of us for so many reasons, so I’m very pleased we can offer this resource right in the hospital to all of our new moms.”

The Home Care Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The shop does not accept insurance.

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