According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16,000 South Carolinians lived in nursing homes in 2015. Some nursing home residents can still be...
Telehealth Brings Comfort and “Peace of Mind” to Family in Johnsonville, SC
Kim Coker, a native of Johnsonville, S.C., recalls the numerous times she had to take her son Jacob to the psychiatrist in Charleston, S.C. A one-way travel time of about two hours and a half to Charleston was tough. The time spent traveling was not the only issue. Her son Jacob, a 15-year-old boy, has autism and Fragile X Syndrome. Jacob finds sudden loud noises unpleasant, which is a symptom of his condition. The whirl and turmoil of a big city, such as Charleston, was not favorable or ideal for his treatment. Through a posting on Facebook, Kim discovered a new form of treatment offered at Hope Health, a community health center located forty minutes from her home. Telehealth allows them to speak with the psychiatrist they were seeing in Charleston in a more convenient and efficient way. The ability to connect via video with a medical professional brought back tranquility and serenity to the family.
“It is a blessing,” Kim says.