Choosing the right medical doctor is always important. It’s even more crucial as we age because we may no longer have the physical ability to heal as well as we once did. In fact, some people may need support from several specialists as they grow older. Finding doctors that are associated with the same hospital or health care system helps maintain continuity of care.
Five Things Every Senior Medical Care Provider Should Have
Here are a few important things to consider when choosing a senior medical care provider:
- Proper training and certifications
Choose a doctor that is specially trained and certified in caring for older adults. It's also important to find out whether they’re affiliated with hospitals or universities that also specialize in elder care.
- Easy access to care
Look for a doctor that has made the patient experience a top priority. Think about their availability, location, office hours, parking facilities and traffic in the area. You should also find out if they accept your insurance and whether the office ever provides in-home services.
- Efficient processes
Find out whether your doctor has access to on-site facilities for X-rays and lab work. This can make your experience go more quickly and smoothly. It will also help reduce the amount of time you need to wait for results.
- Quality communication
Feeling comfortable talking to your senior medical care provider is essential, as there will be times you need to discuss sensitive issues openly and honestly. It’s also important to find out how they will communicate with you and your other healthcare providers. Do they communicate via text, emails and appointment reminders?
- Successful history
Find out if your doctor is in good standing with your state’s medical board. This will tell you whether your doctor has any past or ongoing medical malpractice suits.
Pomona Valley Health Centers offer safe, effective and compassionate senior medical care in Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne. Call 909-630-7829 to schedule an appointment today.