Office Visit Support
Top 5 Reasons Why You Need An Advocate
Healthcare is very emotional
We get bombarded daily with dire warnings of cancer and other health problems. Researching websites can be confusing and scary. It is an emotional situation. An educated and trained advocate can help prevent the impact of your emotions by being a calm, objective partner in your healthcare visits.
Doctor's time with patients is limited
We all know the drill. Show up on time, wait for a long time in the waiting room, and then wait some more in the examination room. Then when the doctor shows up, they are rushed and behind schedule. This can make you feel pressured and awkward about asking too many questions. Being prepared for your visit ensures that you will make the most of the limited time you have with your doctor.
Medical terminology is bizarre and difficult to understand
Healthcare is the only industry where "negative" is a good thing. Doctors may try to explain your illness and treatment plan in simple terms. But it's not so easy to do and that leaves the patient confused as they walk out of the room. An advocate can help de-mystify the dialogue between you and your doctor.
It's hard to listen carefully and take notes at the same time
This is one of the most frustrating problems in the healthcare system. A well-organized practice will print out a summary and post-visit instructions. But most do not. If you don't take notes, you may leave the office and forget what just happened. Having a qualified, note-taker, will allow you to focus on what's being said without worrying about to remember it.
You don't make the best decisions when you are sick
We all know how a basic cold can make your brain feel fuzzy. Even the simplest decisions can be difficult (especially if you have a fever). Regardless of the illness, you are just not operating at full capacity even if you think you are. It is important to discuss decisions with someone else to ensure that you are making wise decisions about your healthcare.
What We Do:
Pre-Visit Check Lists
Accompany You At Visits