I write this not as a person affiliated with any business but as person concerned about the health care services in my surrounding area. I grew up around the Eugene/Roseburg area and then moved to the Corvallis area to continue my education. While continuing my education, I worked in the health care setting with primarily the geriatric population. In that area, services for the elderly population would come to the seniors.
For example, X-ray units were mobile and would X-ray the resident in the nursing/care facilities so the residents weren't at further risk of fracturing a bone if they had already fallen. There were also mobile denturists who would come to the buildings for the residents. This was such a nice service for those individuals who were homebound in the facilities due to advanced medical conditions. Unfortunately, our surrounding area does not provide these services to our elderly population.
I feel that the Pendleton/Hermiston/La Grande/Milton-Freewater- /Athena-Weston/Pilot Rock seniors would benefit if these services were available. These services would prevent some residents further psycho- logical distress if they were able to stay in their own environment and it could prevent further damage to an individual if they have a fracture from decreasing the amount of movement.
In college, I had a great professor who encouraged his students to be active in their community and globally. With his teachings in mind, I urge the citizen of Pendleton and surrounding areas to be active also and write letters to the editor also if they feel the need for mobile services in the area.