Aging is, without a doubt, a difficult process to watch your loved one go through; but however difficult for you, it is even more difficult for the one aging. Our society has catapulted the agile, strong, young and quick minded to the forefront of every cultural platform across all areas of life. And because one never truly understands the challenges of aging until they’ve aged themselves, key needs are often not met for our elderly citizens.
One of these oft neglected needs is dentistry for aged parents. Only within the past 30-40 years has there been a development in quality dental care for aging parents that is both affordable and accessible. This much needed trend in dentistry – mobile geriatric dentistry – has been developed to meet the unique challenges of homebound elderly individuals. In particular, Dr. Alisa Kauffman of Geriatric House Call Dentistry has been dedicated to serving the elderly population with her knowledge and skills for over 30 years.
One of the biggest challenges facing the aging population today is the ability to receive the care they need by qualified medical specialists and professionals. Transportation can be a difficult, expensive and highly involved process for some elderly, as it’s not nearly as simple as hopping in a car and driving to the dentist. Many aging parents that need dental work are homebound and possibly even bed bound. Geriatric House Call Dentistry brings the dental services right to their front door, and even right up to their bedside.
As you well know by now, our aging parents begin to hold tightly to the comforts that bring familiarity and safety. Things such as a favorite chair, bed or cup can become absolute necessities for their state of peace. Dr. Alisa Kauffman readily treats your parent wherever he or she feels most comfortable.
Unfortunately, many elderly begin to develop diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia that greatly affect their state of mind, and sometimes even their behavior. To have effective dentistry for aged parents, you must find a dentist who is well versed in dealing with these behavioral challenges and willing to exercise patience. Dr. Kauffman has many patients that suffer from these unfortunate conditions, but she treats them the same as all her other patients – with respect, camaraderie and care.
Shel Silverstein’s poem at the beginning communicates a sad truth about the aging community in our society. We often neglect and forget them because they don’t fit into our societal norms.
However, at Geriatric House Call Dentistry our goal is to change this misguided truth one elderly individual at a time. We can’t fix every issue facing the elderly. But we can provide quality dental care for elderly that meets all the physical and emotional needs of your aging parents.
While we know we’re not changing the whole world, we do hope to change the world of each elderly patient we treat by showing them that they matter, they are loved and they are cared for.
Call Geriatric House Call Dentistry at 917-826-6278 or fill out your information to receive a call from us.
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