Physical Therapy Clinic at Health Care Access

Visiting Nurses and Health Care Access Therapy Collaboration

Lawrence, Kansas – June 25, 2014 - There are new activities and new faces at Health Care Access. Visiting Nurses has been managing a physical therapy clinic 2 half days a week since the beginning of the year.

This effort is a result of a collaborative grant through the United Way. The grant requires collaboration of services between not-for-profits that receive United Way funds. Patients are directly referred from Health Care Access visits to the therapy clinic for several symptoms such as pain, decreased mobility and balance issues. The partnership is unique as Visiting Nurses primarily serves patients in their homes, however HCA patients can receive therapy at the clinic with access to all equipment that is found in out-patient therapy clinics. Home exercise programs are developed to help patients continue their good health once they discharge from therapy services. One of the main goals of the clinic is to keep people pain free, as well as provide a continuum of care to prevent patients from using the emergency room for non-emergent reasons such as pain control. Tracking of emergency room use is ongoing and will be used to further the effort of empowering all patients in achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Both agencies thank you for your continued support and ask for you to keep watch for the development of more ancillary services to achieve this mission.

Written by Linda Crabb, OTR, Home Health Director at VNA.

Submitted by Elliot Johnson

Contact johnsone@healthcareaccess.org Health Care Access Clinic 330 Maine St. Lawrence, KS 66044 785-856-1672 Office

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