House Calls are increasingly becoming more popular. This personalized care is yielding better results for many patients and at a more affordable rate. If you are feeling anxious we have put together some easy practical and personal preparations to make sure your house call visit goes smoothly.
- Have your medication bottles or medication list ready to review or talk about any necessary changes.
- If you record blood pressure readings, injections, or any other health data have those results available.
- Drink plenty of water to be prepared to give a urine sample if asked to do so.
- Keep a record of other things such as supplements or any alternative medications you may be taking.
- If you’re feeling sick note your symptoms for the doctor.
- Communicate between visits - keep your doctors updated of any changes, adverse side effects, or major issues.
- If there are any medical devices you use regularly keep them close at hand as the doctor.
- If you have any questions or concerns you’d like to discuss - think about making a list of questions to ask.
- Don’t be afraid to request follow-up appointments - it’s never too soon if you’re in need.
- Shake off the embarrassment! Doctors have heard it all. Feel free to be open and talk about anything or ask any questions you have.
- If you’re feeling insecure about having someone in your home, ask a friend or loved one to join you.
- Forget the Mess! When you are feeling ill the last thing you want to do is clean. It could even be that you no longer have the ability or mobility to clean. Don’t worry! Your healthcare provider is there to help you not to judge you.
- Talk to your insurance about co-pays, keep things simple for yourself by communicating with your insurance and knowing what you need to do.
The most important thing to keep in mind about house calls is these visits are about you and your health. It’s important to feel safe and comfortable as you meet with your healthcare professional. Going to the doctor can often be anxiety-inducing. If it's your first experience with a house call that could add to your anxiety. We hope that with these tips you will feel prepared and have a smooth visit.