Dr. Jackie Yaeger – This Doctor Makes House Calls!
Dr. Yaeger, the home visit doctor, provides gentle, sensible medical care for your later years. She brings you what you need, when and where you need it. This is a unique medical practice in which care is provided in your home by an experienced physician who works directly for you. Dr. Yaeger specializes in caring for people in their home and particularly those with advanced age, progressive illness, or increasing frailty.
Will Start Accepting Patients Summer 2017
What makes this practice unique?
House calls, direct physician access, and adequate time for discussion creates a caring environment that is satisfying for the patient, invaluable for the caregiver and rewarding for the physician.
When urgent medical questions arise between scheduled home visits, you can call and talk directly with Dr. Yaeger. If needed, Dr. Yaeger can make a house call to further assess and in many cases, this will eliminate the need for an exhausting clinic or emergency room visit.
Sudden, severe illness or injury?
Dr. Yaeger will come to your home or meet you at the hospital. She will assist you and your family through the crisis and help you make well informed and carefully considered decisions about treatment options. Wouldn’t it be comforting to have someone with you at your bedside who is familiar with the medical system and who knows you personally?
Scheduled Monthly Home Visits
During these monthly appointments of approximately 1 hour, Dr. Yaeger will address your individual situation, help you manage your symptoms, and put together a plan for future medical intervention that makes sense to you.Contact Dr. Jackie Today
What is Slow Medicine?
Slow Medicine seeks to provide care with a deeper meaning that will enrich lives of patients and their doctors.
Slow Medicine in a High Speed World
You may have heard of the slow food movement which emphasizes simple, whole foods cooked slowly and from scratch. The slow medicine movement advocates care for the whole person including the emotional, social, practical and spiritual aspects of illness and aging.
Slow medicine sometimes means putting the focus on what will maximize your quality of life and help you remain independent rather than focusing only on what will extend your lifespan.
Slow Medicine is about doctors who slow down a bit and take time to examine, observe and listen to their patients. Slow Medicine seeks to provide care with a deeper meaning that will enrich lives of patients and their doctors.
Dr. Yaeger’s Education
Bachelor’s of Science, Biology, 1984
St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
University of Iowa – College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
American Board of Family Medicine, 1994
Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2008
Hospice Medical Director Board Certification, 2014
Dr. Yaeger’s Spiritual Practice
Dr. Yaeger has also spent many hours deepening her own spiritual awareness and learning to practice mindfulness. This work allows her to support your spiritual and emotional well-being in addition to attending to your physical comfort. Programs Dr. Yaeger has completed include:
Mindfulness for End-of- Life Practitioners
This is a mindfulness-based, compassion-focused and relationship-centered 18 month program run by the Metta Institute in San Francisco, CA.
Spiritual Deepening for Global Transformation
This is a three year training program at The Christine Center, a Franciscan Spirituality Center in Willard, WI.
Sacred Passage Doula Certification
An intensive training and certification process that occurs over several months at the Conscious Dying Institute in Boulder, CO.
For Practice Members, Dr. Yaeger Also Offers the Following Types of Care
Dr. Yaeger is a board certified specialist in palliative care. This means she is trained to help people with serious illness feel better even when the illness itself is not curable. This includes managing symptoms that often accompany serious disease. Symptoms like:
- Shortness of breath
Many patients worry that they will become a burden on friends and family as they age. This can certainly happen if only one person tries to do it all. Dr. Yaeger feels there are ways to avoid this by careful planning well ahead of time. Also, she will encourage you to formalize your circle of friends and family so that when the time comes, this circle will share the care giving responsibilities according to each person’s special skills and talents. In this way, no one will be burdened.
Caregiver Support Through Community Resources
Dr. Yaeger will help identify and facilitate use of community resources such as:
- Personal Care Assistance
- Home Health
- Long Term Care
- Legal Advice
- Funeral and Burial options (traditional and non-traditional)
Dr. Yaeger has 10 years of experience as a hospice medical director. She believes wholeheartedly in this type of care and understands the regulatory aspects of hospice care. She can help you decide when it is the right time to call hospice. Hospice care is covered 100% by Medicare and most other medical insurance. Dr. Yaeger can serve as your hospice attending physician. In this role, she will complete the necessary certification documents and then partner with whichever hospice program you choose to assure that you receive the very best end of life care possible.
This is a very unique program offered by Dr. Yaeger for those that are ready to go beyond basic advanced directives and really reflect on what they want their dying time to look like. What does it really mean to “get your affairs in order”?
Dr. Yaeger is certified by The Conscious Dying Institute in Boulder, CO as a Sacred Passage Doula. Based on this training, she can help you create a detailed “Dying Time Care Plan”. This document will be your road map to get you from where you are now to where you want to be at the time of your death; emotionally, spiritually, socially, and practically. It will also serve as a guide for those of us who will be caring for you at the time of your death and caring for your body after death.
Final Hours Attendance
As a Sacred Passage Doula, Dr. Yaeger is trained to attend at your bedside during your final days and hours as needed. Her goal is to protect the sacred essence of your dying time. Dr. Yaeger will support, guide, and assist your caregivers during what could otherwise be a frightening time.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may have developed a longstanding relationship with your current doctor and want to continue with that. You may need specialty care that requires modern technology such eye care, dialysis, or orthopedic surgery. The good news is that you can continue to see your regular physician and specialty providers and your insurance coverage for these visits will not change
We hope to be in a position to offer this by mid-2018.
Dr. Yaeger’s focus is to provide care in your home therefore she will not be your attending physician in the hospital. However, she will be available to advise you during your stay, help you and your family communicate with the hospital providers, and assist with your transition back home.
In most situations, acceptance into Dr. Yaeger’s practice will require an able caregiver who lives in the home with you. Exceptions will be made when a clear plan for 24/7 care has been established and it is agreed that this will be implemented as soon as Dr. Yaeger feels it is necessary.
Dr. Yaeger is very familiar with the process of completing advance directives. She will carefully explain your options for life sustaining treatments and help you document your wishes accordingly.
Yes, members of Dr. Yaeger’s medical practice will need to live within a 30 mile radius of La Crosse, Wisconsin.