Geriatric Care Questions and Answers
Broadway Family Clinic offers geriatric care for older adults. Elderly people can have many different conditions which can affect their overall quality of life. We can help with such things as medication, diagnosis and treatments, testing and overall support. Please call us for more information or book an appointment online. Our medical professionals are ready to help you feel better! We serve patients from Pearland TX, Shadow Creek Ranch TX, Southern Trail TX, Pomona TX, Southlake TX, Sienna Plantation TX, Fresno TX, Manvel TX and Rosharon TX.
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When should you see a geriatric doctor?
How do I find a good geriatrician?
What do you mean by geriatric care?
Geriatric care is an important part of every senior’s health. Geriatricians provide specialized care for elders and are well-versed in all of the complications that the older population faces. As we age, our bodies wear down, and complications can more easily arise. Geriatricians are well-equipped to help every patient to have the best quality of life possible.
Many geriatricians suggest starting to see a physician in this specialty in the early to mid-60s. This helps the doctor get to know you and how your body functions as you age, allowing them to individualize your care — all of which enhances your aging experience and ensures you the highest quality of life possible.
Stick with one medical practice — As the years march on, we are likely to find ourselves in need of not just one, but several physicians to help us navigate the murky waters of aging. Sticking with one medical practice (if you’re able) can go a long way in getting the right doctor for your needs, and in reducing communication confusion among different doctors. Try looking for doctors that are associated with the same hospital or health care system. Bonus: if you find a practice that’s part of your insurance’s in-network coverage, it can help reduce healthcare costs as well.
Get a doctor who willingly shares information — Unfortunately, even if you have doctors in the same medical group, it’s unwise to assume they are sharing information with each other. Although you’d think this would be an obvious way to provide quality patient care, the truth is that it’s not done routinely.
That’s why it’s so important to get a doctor who is at least willing to share information with the rest of your healthcare team — even if they have to be reminded. The first step is to keep your own records on your health, or that of your loved one. These records may include a list of all your doctors, medications, and pertinent phone numbers (like your pharmacy). Give a copy of the list (updated as often as necessary) to your doctor or their office staff.
The second step is to take notes at medical appointments and keep them all in one place. This way, there is comprehensive documentation of you or your loved one’s healthcare that is easy to read and access. The idea behind these steps is to make physician communication with other healthcare professionals easier — and hopefully more frequent.
Geriatric care is the medical care of older or elderly people. The scope of the care has changed to include not just the medical needs, but also the social and psychological needs of seniors. Now more than ever, geriatric care embraces a holistic approach to coping with aging and its effects.
If you or someone you know is looking for quality geriatric care, come to Broadway Family Clinic! Our professional and caring staff are here to help you have the best quality of life. To speak with one of our specialists, contact our office today. Visit us online or simply call us to book an appointment.
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