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area of medicine, like psychiatry or neurology, are even more rare in rural counties. As a consequence, individuals may have to travel many miles to an unfamiliar community to be seen by a specialist. Given today’s expensive gas prices, this travel can cause a real hardship to someone who is ill and may even be unable to work.

In an effort to bring the best treatment possible to those who live far from an urban area, Eastpointe Human Services is exploring the use of today’s modern technology. Television cameras, computers, fax machines, and telephones have evolved to the point that the doctor and patient can communicate privately, clearly view oneanother’s facial expressions, and make wise treatment decisions while still being many miles apart. This use of modern technology saves the patient the cost of travel to the doctor, or the doctor the inconvenience and “down time” of having to travel great distances to small communities where there may only be a few patients needing that doctor’s special expertise.

In many cases the psychiatrist or other medical specialist can then consult with the patient’s regular, local doctor about treatment options, and one’s family doctor can then continue the treatment. Watch for updates in future Eastpointe Consumer Newsletters as Eastpointe strives to develop telepsychiatry in your rural county.

PROVIDENCE MANOR: A SAFE HAVEN DIFFICULT TIMES

DURING

Providence Manor is a six bed, residential home for women struggling with mental health or mental health a developmental disability challenges. The parent Company is Carolina Residential Services. The Home is located on a huge lot in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Wallace, North Carolina.

Darlene Leysath and Gloria Owens, 2 of the Providence Manor Staff

Providence Manor provides a caring, supportive environment to consumers who may have mental health challenges. The program provides wellness activities and 24/7 care. Residents participate in art therapy, dance, stress management groups, anger management groups, and individual

counseling.

Great dinners are had in the Providence Manor dining room.

The pictures show Providence Manor’s lovely living and dining areas, and two of their friendly, supportive staff: Darlene Leysath,

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