A common phrase among those in the field, vulnerable older patients are those over the age of 65 who have some or all of the following: limited mobility, limited resources, or complex health status. These typically include the homebound and those living in long-term care facilities. Several recent studies have emphasized the fact that our current dental systems are inadequate to meet the needs of these populations.
In fact, in 1987 legislation was passed intended to improve dental care within nursing homes. However, it did not prove as effective as hoped. Some programs, however, have introduced inspiring models, including Apple Tree Dental’s effective use of portable dental equipment and improved communication with patients and families. At Geriatric House Call Dentistry, we work to build on this good work as we provide access to excellent care for these subgroups of elders.
"Dear Dr. Kauffman, Alan is doing well. I think he must have been in pain with the loose tooth..."
"I have general anxiety disorder and am very scared of the dentist .. I don’t travel from home and..."
"Dr. Kauffman is responsive, compassionate and provides efficient care. Her follow up care and concern for her patient was..."
"Dear Dr. Kauffman, My entire family thanks you for the wonderful treatment you provided for my husband with Alzheimer’s..."
"Thank you a million Dr. Kauffman. This is my best Christmas in many years. You are my angel. -Carl..."
"I cannot believe how beautiful my grandmother’s dentures look and fit. We only wish we found you sooner s..."
"Thank you so much for having the compassion and energy to do this type of work. I’m watching one..."
"Hi Dr. Alisa I thought you would want to know that my mother passed away on Saturday afternoon. Thank..."
"Thanks so much for treating my mother. When I woke up in the middle of the night and saw..."
"Thanks so much Dr.Kauffman for the care you provided for my 95 year old mom. In a time whe medical..."