Mobile unit will bring denture care to seniors in Osceola County
The Osceola County Commission signaled support for a $300,000 grant to build a mobile denture unit.
Osceola Community Health Services will add a mobile unit this year fitted for seniors who need dentures.
Last week, the Osceola County Commission signaled support for a $300,000 grant to build a mobile denture unit.
Commission Chair Viviana Janer said the trailer, coming in about six months, will bring low-cost dentures to seniors in far-flung neighborhoods, like Holopaw in eastern Osceola.
"They don't even have a dentist anywhere around them," Janer said. "So they could go. They could park at the Holopaw Community Center and have appointments for that day so that the seniors could go get fitted for their dentures or fix their partials or whatever the issue may be."
Janer said the unit will be part of the Health Seniors initiative.
Belinda Johnson-Cornett, president and CEO of Osceola Community Health Services, said the county has a shortage of dental providers and there are difficulties getting access to care.
"Our seniors are more challenged than anyone in these areas and in greatest need," she said. "They're usually on a fixed income, and they already have different ailments and illnesses that poor dental care impacts and makes worse."
She says the grant is for two years, serving an estimated 232 seniors a year. The denture-related care will include in-office help in Kissimmee as well the mobile unit.
Her agency will help with out-of-pocket costs, using payment plans and assistance, hopefully with grant funds, for those who qualify.
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