Specialists are doctors that have received training that makes them keenly aware and qualified to care for patients with certain illnesses or body systems. While aging is definitely not an illness, it can present itself as a sort of 'condition' that requires special care. For this reason, some seniors consider seeing a geriatrician for their medical care. Here are 3 reasons it might be wise to consider seeing a doctor trained in this specialty.
- They can help you to manage multiple illnesses and medications. If you have diabetes, epilepsy, and heart health issues, most of the time each specialist will defer comments about the other illness for your visit to the other specialist. Geriatricians, while not necessarily treating each specific illness, can be like a bridge to help you understand how the various illnesses and medications interact.
- A geriatrician can discern reasons for mental decline. Older ones, family members, and friends, are confronted with the same question when there are changes in mental functioning: Is it age-related or is there some other reason? A geriatrician is trained to know the difference, and can quickly referral to the right doctor, helping you avoid wasting time.
- Geriatricians can be a resource for other needs. They want to help older ones with everything they need, not just medical care. So they are able to provide information about other resources like care management or health aides.
Perhaps this is the first time you ever heard the term 'geriatrician'. Doing some research, you can find many more reasons to take advantage of these doctors who have taken the time to learn how to care for your specific needs.
Caring Senior Service has the experience, compassion, and training necessary for comprehensive home care, and we also offer a wide range of home care services that are all designed to make life easier for seniors and their families. To learn more about the services we provide, contact us today!