Senior-health-care driven by family physician
Senior-health-care covers a wide array of services including a family care physician, physician specialists, clinic services, hospital services, pharmaceutical services, geriatric care managers, home health services, rehabilitation services, and long term care. However, the foundation of senior-health-care is your trusting, open relationship with your family physician.
Your health care is dependent on building that personal relationship with a trusted physician before it is needed. You don’t want to have to call a stranger when you have a medical crisis.
- Family Physician.
If you are lucky enough to have a good family practitioner, treasure him or her. It is becoming more and more difficult to find and maintain a relationship with a primary care doctor. There are many reasons for this dilemma. Not the least of which is government officials politicizing senior-health-care programs.
I have known a lot of doctors during my career in healthcare management. Most doctors are extremely hard working and dedicated men and women. The government, legal risk, and insurance companies have placed them under an ever increasing burden that is close to destroying the profession. The result is that there are not enough doctors now and that is getting worse.
If you have the choice, choose a doctor who is caring, takes the time to listen, and supports your participation in planning your
own care. Additionally, choose a health care provider who has a positive bias toward adjunctive therapies such as nutritional supplements and prayer.
Be considerate of your physician. He/she is under heavy time pressure. Be on time for your appointment even if you have to wait. Be prepared for the appointment with the following information:
- What is the purpose of your visit?
- How long have you been ill or when did the injury occur?
- What do you think is the cause of the problem?
- Have an updated list of any medications including over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal remedies that you are taking. Include their strength and frequency.
- Do you have any allergies?
- Tell your physician how you feel with as much detail as possible
- Make a list of questions that you want the physician to answer.
- Nursing Home Care
Nursing homes provide a wide range of health and personal care services. Their services focus on medical and rehabilitation care. These services typically include nursing care, 24-hour supervision, three meals a day, and assistance with everyday activities. Rehabilitation services such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy are also available. While all care in a nursing home is under the direction of a physician, your personal physician may not be willing to follow you there.
- Assisted Living
Assisted living communities are more residential in nature. They are for people who need assistance with some activities of daily living but do not require nursing home care.
- Memory Care
Memory care communities offer specialized programs and supervision for residents suffering memory loss as a result of Alzheimers disease or some other form of dementia. For the most part memory care is provided on secured units.
- Home Health Care
Home health care agencies offer services from complex medical care to housekeeping services in the home. These services make it possible for their clients to remain independent in their own home. Home care, however, is generally not cost effective if the client requires medical care on a 24 hour basis.
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