Culpepper Garden residents are now able to receive free on-site dental services, thanks to our collaboration with the Fenwick Foundation Dental Program and Enriching Lives Program. The program had previously been available to Assisted Living residents. Starting in October, the program expanded to include low-income older adults who are residents of Culpepper Garden’s Independent Living apartments.
The Fenwick Foundation has waived their usual modest co-payment during the COVID crisis to ensure that dental services are accessible for residents in need. Medicare doesn't cover most dental care and many of our residents live on very thin margins and cannot afford to pay for dental care. Yet, research has shown that oral health is an essential part of overall health and well-being.
Currently, dental services are being provided on-site one day per month. Services offered include exams, X-Rays, dental cleanings, debridements, dental scaling & root planning, simple extractions, restorations (cavity “drilling and filling), simple extractions, and fluoride varnish. The dentist can see up to six people per visit. Our goal is to secure future funding to increase the visit to two times per month to accommodate the significant number of residents who have signed up to receive dental care.