For the elderly and homebound in our community, getting around to the grocery store or to the doctors office can be a daunting task. The days of the kindly physician that came out in all kinds of weather, day or night to tend to his patients may seem nothing more than a memory to many of us, but Virginia now has the Visiting Physicians association.
The Visiting Physicians Association has been in business since 1993, and nationwide, can be found in Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. VPA specializes in caring for the elderly and homebound in our communities, bringing the doctors office to the patient's home, as well as coordinating home health services.
The care given covers everything from routine medical examinations to diagnostic testing, including portable x-rays, if needed. Medication management and prescription refills are also part of their service, as well as giving ongoing care for chronic diseases.
With a main office located at Paragon Place in Richmond, their service area covers New Kent County, the city of Richmond, Henrico County, Charles City County, Goochland County, Hanover County and Chesterfield County. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Seniors can also go to their website: http://www.visitingphysicians.com for additional information.
Most insurances are accepted, including Medicare. Co-pays and deductibles are handled the same as way they would be done in a doctors office. The prospect of having the doctor come to the home, rather than a patient being required to go to an office will give many older patients peace of mind, especially when medical care is done in a location where they feel most comfortable.