Community Health Centers play a vital part in the healthcare of our local communities. It’s important to understand what these centers, or CHCs, provide to our community and the people living in it.
About Community Health Centers
- Accreditation – Centers should be accredited and display all of their accreditations in easy view for clients. Some accreditations to watch for can include Community Health Accreditation Program/Partner (CHAP), AAHC, National League for Nursing (NLN), programs focused around the basic needs of healthy guidelines as agreed upon by both the APHA and Healthy People 2020 initiative.
- Public Platforms – Centers focus on offering services that provide a healthier, affordable community care initiative while focusing on 12 main areas. These areas include mental health (which may encompass the rising needs for dementia care), preventative services, affordability, oral health, nutrition, physical activities, environmental issues, and more.
- Who Benefits – According to the National Health Center Week website there are over 300,000 US Veterans who are provided services; with 75% of clients being uninsured or insured by Medicaid, over 1 million homeless, and 92% who are 200% below the federal poverty levels (which include those on fixed incomes such as Social Security).
- Community Specific – Because CHCs are based on the specific needs of the community they serve they can tailor their services to directly benefit that community. This means that they can focus on a specific ethnic group, age group, service style and more.
What Makes Community Health Centers Different?
Some of the features that make CHCs different from standard healthcare facilities are the same reasons that make them an excellent, affordable resource for senior health care needs. While these features may not apply to all facilities, it is common to see many of them applied:
- Evening & Weekend Hours
- Lower Cost or Free Services
- Provide Services for All Residents of the Community
- Community Based & Governed
- Accept New Patients
- Quicker Access for Care (often same day or within 24-48 hours)
- Many Services Under One Roof (often including testing, diagnoses & care)
- More Preventative Services & Care Offered
- High Client Satisfaction
- Easier Follow Up Services Provided for Continued Care
Check with individual centers for specific services and costs.
Accredited Home Care offers the ability to take you to any local CHCs in the areas we serve if you utilize our services. We can also provide some of the health care services that you may look to a locally based center for; including skilled nursing in the comfort of your own residence.
We are seeing more and more seniors needing the cost effective type of health care that is provided by many of the CHCs across the country. While Community Health Centers may not be the answer for everyone, it is obvious that they are an integral part of offering a much needed array of services for many seniors in the local community.
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