These simple steps can help seniors manage their health care | Health, Medicine and Fitness
SATURDAY, Feb. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Navigating the healthcare system can be difficult, but an expert urges seniors not to try to go it alone.
“It’s common for someone who hasn’t had health issues to suddenly be faced with their own issues and the need to navigate the healthcare system,” said Maria Radwanski, care transitions manager. and adult ambulatory care management at Penn State Health Milton. S. Hershey Medical Center.
“Before this happens, talk to friends who have had health issues – especially if they’ve been in hospital – to hear about their experiences so you can get a better idea of what it might be like. “said Radwanski in a press release from Penn State Health.
Another tip: Ask a trusted friend or loved one to go with you to medical appointments.
“It’s so important for a patient to understand what the doctor is saying,” Radwanski said. “Often a patient does not fully digest what the doctor is saying. I advise older people to have someone else at the appointment with a pen and paper to write everything down and make sure there is has a proper follow-up.”
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When seeing a doctor, elderly patients should bring an up-to-date list of their medical conditions – including any changes in their medical history or new symptoms – as well as a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications they take, including supplements. , as well as their dosages.
Some people may find it easier to bring all of their medication to their appointment, Radwanski said.
If you don’t understand your health insurance coverage or medical bills, ask someone you trust or a professional to go through them with you.
“There are bands out there and pleas services through senior centers which are a good resource to help understand health care finances,” Radwanski said. “They offer continuing education programs to the public all the time to help people understand what insurance will and will not cover.
Elderly patients and their defenders may also work with care managers or financial aid staff at a medical center to help them sort through their bills.
Some seniors may be uncomfortable asking for help or may not even realize they need it. It is therefore important that adult children and other trusted people ask the question, but do so with caution.
“You’ll want permission to have these conversations with your mom or dad, aunt or uncle now, before a medical crisis occurs,” Radwanski said. “Enter with love and respect, ideally in a face-to-face conversation. Let them know how cared for they are, that you want the best for them, and that you have any concerns you would like to discuss with them. So ask their permission to do so.”
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SOURCE: Penn State Health, press release, February 9, 2022
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