In-home traveling physician groups are becoming much more common these days. These groups of care teams will visit you wherever you call home. This can include a private residence such as a home or apartment, or a senior living community setting such as independent living, assisted living, a memory care community, or skilled nursing facility. The idea is to make the individual feel a bit more comfortable in their own surroundings.
This is also a great option for those who cannot leave home to attend a doctor’s visit. Traveling to appointments can be difficult for seniors for a number of reasons. For starters, not all older adults are able to drive anymore and depending on what part of the country you live, the weather can pose a dangerous threat certain times a year. A few other issues that seniors might face and are currently limiting their ability to make it to the doctor’s office include: struggles with mobility, vision problems, or hearing impairment.
Older adults in senior living communities, such as independent living, assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing facility greatly benefit from traveling physicians because the provider can communicate with the care community staff directly in order to ensure continuity of care. There may be a symptom that caregivers have observed that might otherwise go unnoticed if the physician did not get the chance to ask care community staff about their daily interactions and observations. Care community staff can clarify what the senior’s baseline is and help the physician best understand the whole picture. This allows for a more streamlined form of communication and hopefully better care for the patient.
Most insurance companies will cover these types of visits by traveling physician groups and if the company does not happen to be in network with your primary insurance company, a quick phone call should clarify. Some insurance companies provide their own traveling team of physicians so it is important to do a bit of research to either see what groups are in network with your primary care insurance or if they supply their own team to their patients who cannot come into the office for appointments.
Typically, these groups are comprised of a team of board certifies physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. They strive to fill the role of primary care physician and can provide similar services to an urgent care. Imagine saving a trip to urgent care and eliminating uncomfortably long waiting room times. Another benefit to being seen by a traveling physician group at home, is it can save at-risk seniors with compromised immune systems from being exposed to other individuals who are sick and experiencing symptoms.
Meeting with a patient in his or her living environment gives medical providers a better overall picture of a senior’s health. It not only can make getting to doctor appointments easier for a senior, it can also ease stress for family caregivers and/or care community staff. There are traveling physician groups in the Denver metro area, call Denver Senior Care consultants to see if a traveling physician group is right for you or your loved one.