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BVRMC prepares new program for seniors

Monday, January 29, 2007

Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is involved in a new program that could keep you from having to make a visit to them!

A $7,500 preventative health grant was recently awarded to BVRMC from Northwest Iowa Aging Agency. It will be used to implement the new fall assessment program for residents 60 and over.

According to Burton Clausen, BVRMC marketing specialist, seniors who may be in question about how safe their homes may be, can apply to have a nurse visit, tour their home and make an assessment on hazards or obstacle that could be moved or changed to prevent falls from occurring. If a participant is seen as "high risk" due to physical conditions, they may be referred on to physical therapy, radiology or the Fitness and Health Center for further evaluation.

There is no cost to be involved in the program. Grant money will be used to pick up any costs that health insurance or Medicare may not pay for.

While everyone is invited to register for the program, persons using the Life Line or those who may not leave their home much are encouraged to take advantage of the assessments.

The program is being made available to only Buena Vista County residents; neighboring communities of BV County should contact a hospital in their county to see if this program is available to them.

The program gets underway Feb. 10. Contact the Home Care office at 749-2741.

"This is a great opportunity," Clausen said, proud of still another service BVRMC is offering. "We hope we get a lot of good numbers to participate."

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