76 year-old Bernie Smith (name changed) was afflicted with Alzheimer’s. She was still in the fairly early stages of the disease. Most of the time, her mind was clear and she could recognize her loved ones. However, she did have foggy moments where she could not remember who her friends and family were. Sometimes she thought they were other people. Bernie was visiting a gerontologist frequently for the diagnosis and treatment of her symptoms. However, sometimes she would not remember the information the doctor gave her about her treatments or about her condition.
Bernie’s family was very worried about the situation, especially as they knew things were only going to get worse. Her immediate family members who lived in the area had busy work schedules, so they could not spend a great deal of time with her. Specifically, they were not able to help her to all of her doctor’s appointments. They spoke to the gerontologist and searched the Internet for possible solutions, and soon found information about patient advocacy. Bernie’s family was not familiar with patient advocacy before this, but they researched the possible services a patient advocate could provide. Of course, their main concern was having someone to accompany Bernie to her doctor’s appointments so that they could be informed about Bernie’s condition and treatment.
After much discussion and research, Bernie’s family made the decision to obtain a patient advocate for her. Once they found the right patient advocate, this person began immediately accompanying Bernie to all of her appointments with health care providers. They accompanied Bernie to the appointments even when other family members came along. This meant that Bernie’s family was able to be informed about the prognosis, treatments, and other important details of Bernie’s condition. It also meant that Bernie herself could be reminded of the information she needed to know when her condition acted up and she could not remember things.
The patient advocate ended up bringing a great deal of peace of mind for both Bernie and her family. They were able to help the family and Bernie deal with this very difficult situation. Because of the patient advocate, Bernie was able to get the support she needed from her family, as they were properly informed about what she was going through. In addition, the Patient Advocate can help provide support to the family.
Accompanying Patients To Doctor’s Appointments
The above story illustrates one of the key benefits of obtaining a patient advocate. Patient advocates can do many different things for you if you need a little help with your medical situation or the condition of your loved one. Some of the most important things they can do include dealing with insurance, dealing with a nursing home, and helping the family get everything in order when a patient is, unfortunately, going to pass away soon. The capability of the patient advocate to accompany the patient to a doctor’s appointment is another important aspect of advocacy.
You may be interested in obtaining an advocate due to a severe and/or rare medical condition that you need to keep yourself informed on. A patient advocate can help you get informed and can accompany you to doctor’s appointments. Doctors, especially these days, are often very busy and sometimes do not explain things as well as they could or give you all the information you may need. A patient advocate will politely ensure that all the information the doctor can give you about your condition is dispensed to you.
Doctors in this day and age are experienced in working with patient advocates. In previous years, patient advocates were not as popular and many people did not understand the benefits. Doctors may not have been as experienced as they are now in working with them. However, patient advocates are much more common now, so doctors are more used to working with them. They know how to provide them with information and how to help the advocates help their clients.
You may worry that having a patient advocate to accompany you to the doctor’s appointments will make things awkward between you and your doctor. However, this is not the case as doctors often deal with advocates and other third parties when they are treating patients with severe or complex conditions. Many doctors welcome the opportunity to work with patient advocates because they know that they can keep you better informed and help you have accurate expectations of what a doctor can do for you. Doctors also know that when a patient advocate is involved the patient will generally follow their treatment plan better.
In the event that a doctor is not properly treating or informing you, the patient advocate can advise you that it may be time to look for a new health care provider. This is usually a last resort and comes after the advocate has attempted to work with the doctor to a great extent. This does not happen very often, as advocates are experts in working with different healthcare providers and healthcare providers know what to expect when working with an advocate. However, there are situations in which it is necessary for the good of the patient. In this situation, it’s a patient advocate’s responsibility to help you find a different health care provider.
You may be worried about working with a different health care provider that you do not already know. This is especially the case if you were seeing your old healthcare provider for an extended period of time. A patient advocate has a great deal of experience in helping patients work with new healthcare providers. They’ll be able to ease the transition from one provider to another.
They will also be able to help manage the anxiety you may feel and make you feel better about the whole situation. Additionally, patient advocates are experts in working with the insurance part of switching to a new healthcare provider. They will ensure that the patient’s new health care provider takes their insurance. They will also be able to work with the insurance company to keep the costs as low for the patient as possible.
Our Patient Advocate Office is ever just an email or phone call away: 703-222-1300 – we’re happy to help! A phone call is free and it could save a life or reduce a large hospital bill.