Vinton Today – VU Progressive Health Tour: Hy-Vee, Betterton Chiropractic and NuCara


Vinton Unlimited has organized a “Progressive Health Tour” of several health-related companies and establishments that serve in the field of health care.

Raemi Chavez, Pharmacy Manager at Hy-Vee, shared the services offered by the pharmacy. She shared that the store offers COVID vaccines and home COVID test kits which are now available from most insurers. The store also has a vaccine trailer that can be taken to any business that wants to host a flu shot clinic or COVID clinic at their business.

The pharmacy also offers the packaging of daily medications for its customer upon request for a fee. Medicines can also be dispensed. The store also has a medicine disposal receptacle near the pharmacy.

Betterton Family Chiropractic was also on hold. Matt Betterton walked around the building and answered questions about chiropractic care. He briefly discussed the frequency of x-rays, explaining that unlike the dentist, the chiropractor only needs to check if there is an injury or something that has drastically changed with the patient’s health.

Betterton treats patients as young as newborns who may have experienced trauma while delivering to elderly people. The company also offers massage therapy as part of the treatments available. Betterton has served Vinton for 21 years.

Jessica Fairbanks of NuCara Home Care & Equipment shared her passion for elder care with the group. Home Care Assistance is a private provider of paid insurance or long-term care services. She explained that our healthcare system has failed to meet the need for these services, so health insurance does not cover the services offered by the company. It helps those who need home care, as well as help that may be needed following surgery or due to age. She currently has six in-home caregivers in the Vinton area.

Fairbanks, a dementia practitioner, also applied to register Vinton as a dementia-friendly community. This would make Vinton the third city in the state with this designation. Fairbanks said it would create several opportunities at the state level. She is currently working with businesses in the area to educate those who might cross paths with caregivers as well as those struggling with dementia. Offering free company training that lasts just over an hour, it provides companies with advice and recommendations on how to identify dementia and ways to support these residents. During the sessions, she will discuss what it is like to live with and care for someone with dementia. Things she highlighted to watch out for could be when customers change insurance coverage, they can either lower or increase coverage, she also helps businesses make their store more dementia-friendly.

One of the issues she addressed was the need for family bathrooms. When taking someone with dementia out in public, caregivers face challenges like helping loved ones in the bathroom. Which bathroom are we going to? Do we use men or women? Fairbanks would encourage family bathrooms to ease the challenges.

If your business is interested in dementia awareness training, stop by NuCara Home Care and Equipment and speak with Jessica.


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