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August 04, 1978 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-08-04

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6 Friday; August 4, 1918

Sinai Staff Has "House Calls' at Borman Hall



Who says doctors don't
make house calls any more?
Certainly not the resi-
dents of Jewish Home for
Aged. In fact, many of them
are seeing Sinai Hospital
specialists — eye doctors,
dentists and physical



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therapists on a regular
The "house calls" are part
of an effort by the home and
the hospital, both agencies
of the Jewish Welfare Fed-
eration, to provide ancillary
care for the elderly. A low-
vision screening clinic was
conducted at Borman Hall
beginning in October, the
dental program is in prog-
ress, and Sinai Hospital
physical therapists are au-
gmenting the services al-
ready provided at the Home
for Aged.
While excellent full-time
medical care has always
been available at the home,
some specialized medical
services were provided only
on an intermittent or



46th District Judge

emergency basis. Now,
Sinai specialists visit the
Home weekly. And for
many of the elderly, con-
fined to wheel chairs or for
whom leaving the home on a
continuing basis was ex-
tremely difficult, the "house
calls" have been a boon.
The changes came about
through the efforts of the
home, under the direction of
Charles Wolfe, Sinai Hospi-
tal administration, and the
Federation's Medical Coor-
dinating Committee,
chaired by Dr. Hyman Mel-
len, and associate chairmen
Dr. Milton Goldrath and Dr.
Peter Shifrin. The commit-
tee seeks to expand the
cooperation between Sinai
Hospital and other Federa-
tion agencies.
"The low-vision screening
program is part of our basic
rehabilitative concept,"
explains Dr. Ernest Gaynes,
who along with Dr. Morris
Mintz and Dr. Arnold Gor-
don ran the clinic at Bor-
man Hall. "We want the
people living in the home to
remain as much in touch
with their environment as
possible. If people are hav-
ing difficulty with their vis-
ion, they have difficulty
with their environment."
The three doctors saw
nearly all the residents of
Borman Hall, providing
services ranging from pre-
scription changes to medi-
cal treatment.

. When the low-vision
screening clinic came to
JHA, Dr. Gaynes says he
was not aware it would
be a forerunner of the ex-
panded physical therapy
and dental programs.
"All we were really do-
ing," he says, "was aug-
menting the fine care al-
ready available."



Judge James Clarkson

The low-vision screening
program will visit the
JHA's Prentis Manor
within the near future.
For the dental program,
the Borman Hall facilities
had to be modified slightly
to accommodate the in-
creased number of patients.
"It was already 75 percent
complete for our needs,"
said Dr. John Helfrick,

of dentistry and oral
surgery at Sinai.
"We wanted to do three

things with the dental prog-
ram," Dr. Helfrick added.
"First, we wantrA to provide
our dentists with a strong
introduction to geriatric
dentistry. Secondly, we
wanted to provide care on
an on-going basis for resi-
dents of the home. And
thirdly, we wanted to see if
this type of service could be
expanded to others in
Jewish institutions."

The response of the el-
derly to the program was
"overwhelming," accord-
ing to the dentists, who
lost no time in making
"At first, the residents

were slightly apprehen-
sive," said Esther Salamon,
a medical records assistant
at the home. "But once they
found out the price was
right, some of them have
wanted to go all the time."
While for many, the den-
tal and low-vision screening
programs have provided an
opportunity to alleviate
problems not necessitating
emergency treatment, the
dental program has had
some problems with fund-
ing, and some services orig-
inally proposed had to be
"We aren't doing this to
make money," Dr. Helfrick
says of the dental program.
"But we did want to break
even and not lose any

A small "seed money"
grant is expected from
the United Jewish
Charities, but much of
the funding for the dental
program, especially lab
work, was supposed to
come from third-party
reimbursements like
Medicaid. Restrictions
from the state, however,
have put some of that
reimbursement in doubt.

While the number of vis-
its by Sinai medical person-
nel may be reduced once the
current program is com-
pleted, plans are to repeat
the screening processes
when a number of new resi-
chairman of the department dents enter the home.
• ••

• he is experienced in law and government — former practicing attorney for 23 years; in 1959-60 a member of
the Michigan Legislature; Mayor of Southfield for four terms; for eight years a member of the Oakland County
Board of Supervisors and presently Chief Judge of the 46th District Court, in his 10th year of service.

he is a family man with personal and professional roots in tree community — age 53; he and wife Betty are
parents of four sons — the eldest recently graduated as a Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine from Michigan State

he has national as well as local understanding of the people, their problems, their government and the law. He
was recently elected to the Board of Governors of the prestigious American Judges' Association where he has
served for the past nine years, and has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the American Red Magen
David Adom, Michigan Region.

he is a member of the American, Michigan and Southfield Bar Associations and is known for his innovative
ideas on law enforcement in prevention of crime.

he is endorsed by business, labor, Veterans' Citizens League and has the highest rating of the Oakland
Citizens League.


Jim Clarkson


Pd. for by Clarkson for District Judge Committee, 22340 Maplewood Dr., Slid., Mich. 48034

In a cooperative program between
and the Jewish Home for Aged, a Sinai dental
specialist examines the teeth of a Borman Hall resi;

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