Local Medical Provider Revives House Calls

05/01/2020

It’s an old-fashioned practice in the medical world: Making house calls. But Nurse Practitioner Bronwyn Radcliffe thinks the way of the past is the wave of the future. (News director’s note: We used an incorrect last name for Ms. Radcliffe in our original post.)

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MOVE OVER MARCUS WELBY. A SOUTHWEST COLORADO NURSE PRACTITIONERWANTS TO TAKE MODERN MEDICAL CARE AHEAD INTO THE PAST. YOU'REWATCHING THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK, BROUGHT TO YOU BY J.BO's PIZZA ANDRIBS IN DURANGO. I'M WENDY GRAHAM SETTLE. DOCTOR MARCUS WELBY, FORTHOSE OF YOU TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER, WAS THE TITLE CHARACTER OF ANEARLY SEVENTIES TELEVISION SHOW ABOUT A FAMILY PRACTITIONER WHO MADEHOUSE CALLS. BRONWYN RADCLIFFE IS A FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER WHOWANTS TO REVIVE THE OLD-FASHIONED MEDICAL PRACTICE. AS A 19-YEARMEDICAL PRACTITIONER, RADCLIFFE HAS SERVED HER TIME IN TRADITIONALMEDICAL CLINICS AND OFFICES, BUT A RECENT STINT CONDUCTINGHOME-HEALTH VISITS FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS INSPIRED HER TO START SANJUAN HOUSE CALLS. [p] . NOBODY IN THIS AREA DOES HOUSE CALLS.WOULDN'T IT BE FUN TO BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY SEE PEOPLE AND COME TO THEMSO THEY DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE THEIR HOME? SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO DRAGALL THREE KIDS OUT WHEN ONLY ONE NEEDS TO BE SEEN AND THEY CAN GETSOME CARE AND SUPPORT IN THEIR OWN SPACE?AND I CAN GET TO KNOW THEMON A MUCH MORE HOLISTIC LEVEL. [p] . RADCLIFFE IS A LONG-TIMEADVOCATE FOR WHOLISTIC HEALTH PRACTICES THAT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT APERSON'S PHYSICAL WELL-BEING, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH. THAT'SANOTHER REASON WHY SHE WANTED TO OFFER HOUSE CALLS: A PERSON'S LIVINGENVIRONMENT PROVIDES CLUES TO ALL THREE.


WHEN I GET TO SEE YOU IN YOUR SPACE, I GET TO SEE YOU. I GET TOSEE WHO YOU ARE. I GET TO SEE WHAT YOUR ENVIRONMENT IS LIKE. I GET TOSEE WHAT YOUR VALUES ARE, WHAT YOU CARE ABOUT, AND THAT HELPS ME GIVEYOU THE MOST PERSONALIZED CARE THAT I KNOW THAT WILL WORK FOR YOU ISWHEN I CAN SEE YOUR VALUES AND THAT I'M NOT SHOVING MINE ON YOU.


WITH FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS ISOLATING THEMSELVES TO REDUCE THESPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS, RADCLIFFE SAYS THAT GOOD OLD-FASHIONEDHOUSE CALLS MAY BECOME  THE STANDARD MEDICAL PRACTICE OF THE FUTURE.RADCLIFFE ARRIVES AT HER PATIENT'S DOOR IN MEDICAL SCRUBS, WHITE COATAND FACE MASK, AND CARRIES HER MEDICAL EQUIPMENT IN A BACKPACK RATHERTHAN THE ICONIC BLACK MEDICAL BAG THAT CAME TO SYMBOLIZE HOUSE CALLSIN THE PAST. SHE FOLLOWS STRICT DISINFECTION PROTOCOLS BETWEEN HOMEVISITS JUST AS SHE WOULD BETWEEN PATIENTS AT A CLINIC. AND PATIENTSDON'T HAVE TO WAIT IN A CROWDED MEDICAL CLINIC, WHERE THEY CAN SPREADDISEASE TO OTHERS OR CATCH A BUG FROM THE PERSON COUGHING IN THEADJACENT CHAIR.


IF YOU'VE GOT A COUPLE OF CHILDREN, AND ONE IS SICK AND THEOTHER ONE IS JUST GETTING OVER SOMETHING, IF YOU HAVE TO GO TO THEDOCTOR'S OFFICE, THE URGENT CARE OR THE HOSPITAL, YOU'RE OPENING UPTHIS CHILD WHO'S NOT COMPLETELY WELL TO ANYTHING THAT'S THERE. BUTWHEN I GET TO COME TO YOU, THEN WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT,AND I, I LOVE THAT.


RADCLIFFE ALSO OFFERS VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS FOR QUICK ASSESSMENTSOR FOLLOW-UP VISITS. NO NEED TO GO TO A CLINIC FOR LAB TESTS, EITHER. RADCLIFFE CAN CONDUCT SIMPLE URINALYSIS TESTS OR DRAW BLOOD SAMPLES,AND WILL DELIVER THEM TO THE LAB FOR YOU. OTHER IN-HOME SERVICESINCLUDE ADMINISTRATION OF INTRAVENOUS HYDRATION SOLUTIONS ORVITAMIN-B12 SHOTS. AND SHE OFFERS PERSONAL COACHING TO HELP CLIENTSMEET THEIR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH GOALS.


TO ME, THE WAY YOU'RE FEELING EMOTIONALLY IS SO IMPORTANT TOWHAT'S HAPPENING TO YOU PHYSICALLY. THEY ARE SO CONNECTED. SO I ALSOTEACH MEDITATION SKILLS. I TEACH BREATHING SKILLS. I HELP PEOPLE CALMWHEN THEY'RE SUPER EXCITED AND ANXIOUS, I LOVE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.I ALSO ENJOY THE COACHING COMPONENTS OF BEING ABLE TO, I CAN'T STICKWITH THIS DIET. THIS IS TOO HARD FOR ME, OR YOU KNOW, I CAN'T MAKETHIS WORK. WELL LET'S SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT WHERE YOUR BLOCKS ARE.LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT'S NOT WORKING FOR YOU, AND LET'S SEE IF WECAN'T FIND A PATH FOR YOU. THAT DOESN'T WORK IN THE OFFICE. I HAVETHAT TIME IN YOUR HOME. I HAVE THAT TIME.


YOU CAN MEET RADCLIFFE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT HER HEALTH ANDWELLNESS PHILOSOPHY DURING THE NEXT DURANGO CHAMBER OF COMMERCECOFFEE AT HOME TUESDAY TALK SCHEDULED FOR 8 A.M. ON TUESDAY, MAY 5. TO REGISTER FOR THE TUESDAY TALK ZOOM LINK, GO TO THE CHAMBER'S WEBSITE AT DURANGO BUSINESS DOT ORG. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT RADCLIFFE'SHOUSE-CALL PRACTICE, VISIT SAN JUAN HOUSE CALLS DOT COM. I'M WENDYGRAHAM SETTLE. THANKS FOR WATCHING THE LOCAL NEWS NETWORK.

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