Poinsett County health and service providers networking to better serve seniors

MARKED TREE, AR (KAIT) - For seniors who have a calendar full of regular medical appointments, there is a new effort in Poinsett County to help cut down on the travel time to various medical providers throughout Northeast Arkansas.

"There are medical professionals, there are home health agencies, long term care facilities, physicians. I think they're even thinking about opening an adult daycare in this area, and we just want them to know that they can get healthcare services and services for the elderly in the Poinsett County area."

Sherry Pearce, co-sponsor of the Poinsett County Senior Networking Group, says the group is a partnership between Three Rivers Nursing Center and Absolute Care Management Corporation.

"Our first meeting, I think we had about 25 participants, and we include a guest speaker every month and each organization can feature that month or highlight their agency or organization," she said.

Pearce says the goal of the monthly meetings is to make sure Region 8 health and service providers know about the healthcare access seniors have near their neighborhoods.  "We thought Poinsett County needed a networking group because of the rural area that we live in and we just wanted to connect people."

The next meeting will be held February 4 at the Absolute Care Management facility in Marked Tree. For more information about the Poinsett County Senior Networking Group call co-sponsors Sherry Pearce at (870) 358-2432 or Jaquelyn Gibson at (870) 935-3737.

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