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Finding the Right Doctor to Provide Elderly Care to Your Senior Loved One in Plano, TX

When you have a loved one over sixty, you may see them begin to experience age-related problems. As this begins to happen, you may start to wonder if it is time for them to visit a geriatrician. Geriatricians have a deep understanding of the problems that accompany aging. Because not all seniors experience age-related problems to the same degree, some seniors may not need to see geriatricians. So how can you know what kind of doctor will provide the best medical elderly care to your loved one?

Visiting Angels of Plano Wants to Help You Find the Perfect Elderly Care Physician

What Geriatricians Do

Nearly 30 percent of people over the age of 65 require a geriatrician, according to the American Geriatrics Society. Seeing a geriatrician can be extremely beneficial for seniors, as geriatricians often are able to spot warning signs that other doctors may not recognize. They can also better predict how medications will be metabolized in the bodies of seniors.

Consider these as signs that it may be time for your loved one to see a geriatrician:

  • Your loved one suffers from memory issues.
  • Your loved one takes multiple medications.
  • Your loved one has physical disabilities or mobility issues.

Geriatricians are far more likely to identify signs of depression, memory impairments, physical issues, and negative side effects of drug-related interactions.

How to Choose A Doctor

Once you decide what kind of doctor could provide the best elderly care to your loved one, the next step is finding the right doctor. Here are a few suggestions to help:

  • Get familiar with your loved one’s health insurance. Figure out what your loved one’s health insurance covers, and what doctors take your loved one’s insurance. Keep in mind that not all doctors accept Medicare.
  • Consider location. Finding a doctor close to your loved one decreases the chances that they will miss appointments.
  • Ask people in your community. Your loved one may have friends who see excellent doctors, and they may have plenty of suggestions.
  • Visit physician review sites. While these sites should not be your only research, they can still help you avoid red flags.
  • Try a visiting physician group. Visiting physician groups can be far more convenient for your loved one and are an alternative to traditional doctors.
  • Do not rule out virtual doctor’s office visits. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many doctor’s offices have begun taking virtual appointments. Your loved one can video chat online with their doctor for a simple checkup. If your loved one is not familiar with technology, this may not be the best option.

Following these suggestions can help your loved one find the perfect doctor to provide exceptional elderly care.

Learn More Today

At Visiting Angels of Plano, we offer professional and compassionate in home elderly care to seniors struggling with a wide variety of age-related problems. To learn more about our home care and how we can help, contact us at 972-846-8417 today!

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