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Visiting Physicians Association

by Beth Munford

April 3, 2012

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Are you or your loved one having difficulty getting to a physician? If so, Visiting Physicians can help. Visiting Physicians Association (VPA) and Visiting Podiatry are now seeing patients throughout the Peninsula and the Southside. Our physicians are practicing medicine in the way that it used to be – in the comfort of your home. Our services are focused on the senior adult and disabled populations. We are committed to assisting these individuals in lowering their risk of hospitalization and nursing home placement. Statistics show that, on average, individuals who receive home-based medicine after the age of 65 stay in their homes two years longer.

VPA can see you following an illness or for the day-to-day medical issues that you may have. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is it taxing on your loved one or you just to sit in the waiting area to receive medical treatment?
  • Does the person live with a chronic medical condition?
  • Does the patient experience difficulty leaving home to receive medical services?
  • Is the process of getting medical care for this person causing unnecessary stress on you, the caregiver?

VPA provides high-quality, personalized, and confidential medical care in the comfort of your home without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, or age. You will take part in the decisions that affect your health, and you will be treated with respect and dignity every step of the way. VPA also provides important care coordination to help you access community resources and other services available in your home. VPA’s specialty services and care coordination demonstrate our commitment to providing you with the highest quality care possible, all in the comfort of your home.

VPA’s services include, but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive review of your medical history, physical examinations, and ongoing treatment of your medical condition.
  • Medication management and medication refills.
  • State-of-the-art laboratory services and portable diagnostic testing performed in the comfort of your home.
  • Referral to physical therapy and specialized rehabilitation services.
  • Coordination of all home care services and medical equipment.
  • Community placement consultations.
  • Physician review for authorizations:
    • Home health,
    • Medical equipment, and
    • Diagnostic testing.

For more information call the VPA’s Williamsburg office (serving the Peninsula) at 757-941-5600 or VPA’s Norfolk office (serving the Southside) at 757-853-1380 or visit VPA’s website atwww.visitingphysicians.com.

The attorneys at Oast & Hook assist families with their estate, financial, insurance, long-term care, veterans’ benefits, and special needs planning issues.

Beth Munford is an account executive with Visiting Physicians Association.

Ask Allie

O&H: Allie, we’ve heard about a dog who is a very special friend to a little girl. Please tell us about him.

Allie: Sure! Alida Klobauch is a 3-year-old girl who was diagnosed with neuroendrocrine cell hyperplasia of infancy, or NEHI. This is a rare disorder of the lungs in children; less than 1000 people in the U.S. have the condition. Alida needs to be on oxygen continuously to stay alive. Once Alida was old enough to walk, her father built a walker with a pocket for an oxygen tank, but that wasn’t enough as Alida became more mobile. The family thought that a service dog might be helpful, so they met with Ashleigh Kinsley, owner of Georgia K9 Academy. Ms. Kinsley introduced them to Mr. Gibbs, a Goldendoodle puppy. Mr. Gibbs wears a red service animal vest with pockets on either side to carry Alida’s small oxygen tanks. He’s still learning to be Alida’s constant companion, because his job is to go wherever she goes and to do whatever she does. Ashleigh says, “If she’s going to ride on a slide, he has to learn to climb up and slide down behind her. It’s something he’s happy to do.” What a great story! Time to see if there’s anything I can do to help around the house. See you next week!

Announcements

Oast & Hook is pleased to announce that that Letha Sgritta McDowell is now a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney in the state of North Carolina.


Oast & Hook is proud to announce that it has partnered with Commonwealth Assisted Living to offer a series of seminars for veteran seniors and their families. Each seminar will cover veterans benefits, veteran’s aid and attendance, elder law, Medicare, and long-term care planning. The seminars will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will end at 7:00 p.m.. Below are the dates and locations of each seminar. Seating is limited. If you have any questions or if you would like to register for one of these seminars, then please phone Oast & Hook at 757-399-7506.

April 26, 2012
Leigh Hall
890 Poplar Hall Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Tel: 757-461-5956

May 24, 2012
Georgian Manor
651 River Walk Parkway
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
Tel: 757-436-9618

Speakers

If you are interested in having an Oast & Hook attorney speak at your event, phone Darcee Hale at 757-399-7506. Past topics include estate planning, long-term care planning and veterans benefits.

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This newsletter is not intended as a substitute for legal counsel. While every precaution has been taken to make this newsletter accurate, we assume no responsibility for errors, omissions, or damages resulting from the use of the information in this newsletter.

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