Things to Consider When Choosing a New Doctor While in an Assisted Living Home.

When you’re in an assisted living home, it can feel like you only have a few options. That can be especially true when it comes to doctors. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Assisted living means exactly that – you get a little help with living your life. You still get to choose to do the things that make you happy – and see the doctor that makes you feel well.

So if you’re wondering if it’s time to take your medical well-being somewhere else, we have a few pointers for you to consider.

 

1. Quality counts.

Nobody wants to feel like another name on a checklist. If you’re looking for a good doctor, go with one that will make you feel like a human being. Someone who will dedicate time and effort to you. Quality doesn’t mean that you can’t be seen quickly or taken care of in a timely manner.

2. Your needs matter.

A good doctor will work with you to make sure that you’re receiving the kind of care you want and deserve. Whether this is something as simple as having a conversation with you, or as complex as making special arrangements to see you, make sure that you go with a doctor that meets your needs. This may include making sure that your doctor either specializes in or understands senior care.

3. Get a second opinion – from a friend.

You’ll want to get some recommendations from your friends. They likely know a good doctor around, even if it’s not one that they currently use. They also may have heard about other doctors or may be looking for a new doctor themselves.

4. Consider the distance.

If you find a couple of doctors you really like, consider how far away they are. A great doctor is, well, great. But if you have to travel an hour or two to get to them, it may be better to settle for a pretty good doctor. You may also want to consider how often you need to see the doctor, and if they would be able to meet you in the ER in the event of an emergency.

5. Call ahead.

A quick and easy way to find out if you’d like a doctor and their practice is to cold call the office. Don’t ask about the doctor or book an appointment. Just call and see if the front desk is helpful, friendly, and willing to put you in touch with the doctor.

6. A different sort.

If you’re tired of trying the same treatments over and over with no results, be open to trying new, holistic approaches. Sometimes simplifying your treatment plan is the best way to actually treat you.

 

Finding a new doctor doesn’t have to be hard or scary. All you have to do is approach the task with a firm idea of what you want and need and an open mind.