Choosing a New Geriatrician: How to Start the Process

Recently my husband and I were told our doctor’s office was closing in 30 days. So began our process of choosing a new geriatrician. There were SO many questions… Where do we begin? Do we need to transfer records? If so, what do we need to do to ensure this is done efficiently? It was a little overwhelming.

But as we went through the process, there were something that stuck out as being the most important.

How to start the process of choosing a new geriatrician

First, make a list of the things that are important to you when it comes to choosing the right doctor:

  • Distance
  • Availability
  • Bedside manner
  • Experience with your needs
  • Attitude of office staff
  • Size of practice
  • (And anything else that you can think of!)

Once you choose 2 or 3 doctors, call their offices. Tell the receptionist you have a few questions and ask if they have time to take a moment to answer them. If they don’t have time to answer your questions, as them to call you back when they are available.

Here are some questions you might want to ask:

  • Does your office accept Medicare (or the health insurance you have)?
  • Where is your office located? Is parking easily accessible?
  • How long does a typical office visit usually take? Finding a doctor who will take the time to listen carefully, answer your questions, and explain things clearly and fully is important.
  • Is the doctor part of a group practice? If so, find out who the other doctors are and what they specialize in.
  • Who will see me if the doctor is out of town or unavailable?
  • Can I get lab work or x-rays done right there in your office or will I need to go to another location?
  • Is the doctor board certified? Board-certified doctors have extra training and pass special exams after medical school to become specialists in family practice, internal medicine, or geriatrics.

The National Institute on Aging is devoted to helping seniors. Each of the following sites provide useful information that will help you start the process of choosing the right doctor:

When the time comes for you to choose a new geriatrician, there are things to think about and investigate. Take your time finding the right practitioner for you. Involve your family or significant other in the process. They can help you vet out the best fit possible. There are plenty of doctors out there. You don’t need to settle.

Are you in the process of choosing a new geriatrician? Call Presto Real Estate Services at (630) 336-1820 or write today. We can help guide you in the process because helping seniors is our specialty.

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