Local program offers veterans extra healthcare

Local program offers veterans extra...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - For veterans who are dealing with chronic health problems, making it to the doctor can often be a challenge.

But the Home Based Primary Care in Tomah is allowing veterans a chance to still receive proper healthcare from the comfort of their homes.

As a U.S. Army veteran Lori Johnson-Mumm knows adjusting to civilian life has its challenges.

But this program can help make it a little easier.

"I think it will provide the opportunity to acclimate into the home environment in a controlled setting, in a safe environment. ."

A team of registered nurses, pharmacists and social workers are available to meet with veterans in their own homes to provide the proper care.

"So we go in, it is like a couple hour visit, doing that health history, seeing the needs that are in place, and then we come back and talk to the team and say okay this veteran needs this, this and this."

University of Minnesota Clinical Associate Faculty Teddie Potter says the program is a way to prevent veterans from having to deal with more challenges.

"It's far more compassionate to intervene early to prevent problems from occurring than to be only involved on the back side when very difficult challenges occur later on."

Johnson-Mumm says home based primary care is allowing veterans an opportunity that wasn't always there.

"Veterans live anywhere and everywhere, and there is certain facilities in the private sector we can seek emergent help and stuff but if we want continual care, many times we're referred back to the veteran's facilities for that care and that's usually not next door."

To be eligible for the program, veterans must be living in a stable home setting or assisted living facilities within a 50 mile radius of the Tomah VA hospital.

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