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Colchester, Connecticut is a quaint small town in New London County. It borders another county, Middlesex County. A very family oriented town, Colchester has a population of 16,000 in a 49-square mile area. The elderly (over 65 y.o.) represent 10% of Colchester’s population. Considered suburban, Colchester is mostly rural living with many farms and two villages, Westchester and North Westchester. The Center of Colchester has a town green with a gazebo and hosts events year-round. The center is well kept and manicured. It has red colored brick crosswalks, sitting benches, flower pots, and lamp posts with solar panels. It is lined with gift shops, a diner, a restaurant, a barber shop and a dog groomer. On the other side of “the green” are…show more content…
The people of Colchester have no other recourse but to use the nearby Emergency room. “Non-[Community health center] counties had a higher rate of all types of ED visits compared with [Community health center] counties; disparities affect all rural patient groups, irrespective of age, race, gender, or sexual orientation; vulnerable populations, however, remain the worst affected” (Douthit, et al. 2015, 7-10). Consider the elderly who become sick but cannot see their own physician due to how busy the physician is, as rural physicians’ offices can be. The elderly often finds their physician unavailable and are told to just go to the walk-in clinic or more commonly, the emergency room, even if it is not a true emergency. The elderly people living in rural areas are certainly be at higher risk for hospitalization due to dehydration, for instance, which can lead to dizziness and falls without access to 24-hour access to urgent care facilities. According to Semenza (2015), more free-standing clinics are needed and are opening in response to the excessive cost of unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitals enduring many financial losses. For now, the chronic scarcity of these care systems continues to be of issue even though health care professionals know that by having them as well as afterhours transportation to them, 24-hour urgent care facilities could save billions of health care dollars. “Medicare beneficiaries in fair to

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