The Wellness Wagon – Preventive Care and Public Education On Wheels
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Many of West Virginia's health care providers are becoming what's known as health homes, places where patients can go for a broad range of services, often focusing on preventive care. Some are even taking the preventive care message on the road.
Cabin Creek Health Systems in Kanawha County has just rolled out the Wellness Wagon, a public education vehicle with its own theme song.
"Wellness wagon, come on down the line. You give me some good advice, and I'll give you some time. To make me a healthy person in body, soul and mind. I'll say 'Yes!' to life and jump on the Wellness Wagon."
Karen Glazier coordinates some of Cabin Creek's health programs for seniors. She says the wagon's first job will be teaching older people to avoid falls, a common problem that can be serious.
"We've met people in the course of going out to the community who've had falls, who've told us their stories. And so, we're getting information out to people that there are ways to prevent falls."
Glazier says health care providers are learning that seniors do much better when they have a health home that keeps up with as many issues as possible.
"If we can provide more preventive services, help people maintain their independence, address issues before they become major health events, people are just better off."
She says focusing on prevention can save money and help people have a better quality of life.