Vinton Today – VU Progressive Health Tour: Hy-Vee, Betterton Chiropractic, and NuCara

Vinton Unlimited organized a “Progressive Health Tour” of several health-related businesses and facilities that serve in the health care field.

Raemi Chavez, the Pharmacy Manager at Hy-Vee shared the services offered through the pharmacy. She shared that the store offers COVID vaccines, and home COVID test kits which are now available through most insurance providers. The store also has a vaccine trailer that can be brought to any business that would like to host a flu vaccine clinic or COVID clinic at their business.

The pharmacy also offers the packaging of daily medications for its customer if requested for a fee. Medications can also be delivered. The store also has available a medication disposal receptacle near the pharmacy.

Betterton Family Chiropractic was also on the stop. Matt Betterton gave a tour of the building and answered questions about chiropractic care. He discussed briefly the frequency of x-rays, explaining that unlike the dentist the chiropractor only needs to check in case of an injury or something that has changed dramatically with the patient’s health.

Betterton treats patients as young as newborns who may have had some trauma from their delivery to the elderly. The business also offers massage therapy as part of the available treatment. Betterton has been serving in Vinton for 21 years.

Jessica Fairbanks of NuCara Home Care & Equipment shared with the group her passion for caring for the elderly. NuCara is a private pay or long-term care insurance service, provider. She explained that our healthcare system hasn’t caught up to the need for these services, so health insurance doesn’t cover the services that the business offers. She assists those in need of home health needs, as well as the aids that might be needed following surgery or due to age. She currently has six home health caregivers in the Vinton area.

Fairbanks, a nurse practitioner, has also applied to register Vinton as a Dementia Friendly Community. That would make Vinton the third town in the state with this designation. Fairbanks said that this would create several opportunities from the state level. She is currently working with area businesses to educate those who might cross paths with caregivers as well as those dealing with dementia. Offering free training for businesses that lasts a little over an hour she provides businesses with tips and recommendations for how to identify dementia and ways to support these residents. In the sessions, she will discuss what it’s like to live with and care for someone with dementia. Things she pointed out to look out for might be when clients change insurance coverage, they might either drop or increase coverage, she also helps businesses make their store more friendly to those with dementia.

One of the issues that she addressed was the need for family bathrooms. When taking someone with dementia out in public, caregivers face challenges like assisting their loved ones in the restroom. Which bathroom do we go into? Do we use the men’s or the women’s? Fairbanks would encourage family bathrooms to alleviate the challenges.

If your business is interested in a bit of training on dementia awareness, stop in at NuCara Home Care and Equipment and talk with Jessica.

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