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.

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