The elderly population has more health challenges than any one heath care provider can comfortably manage. No matter what a given doctor's specialty might be, an elderly individual who is dealing with numerous different health issues will eventually need to incorporate visits with specialists in other fields--and that means that they'll need an integrated care plan.
What does an integrated care plan do? It collects all the data necessary for an elderly individual in one place, so that it's easy to locate all of their treatment plans. An elderly patient may be taking multiple different medications that have been prescribed by a variety of different doctors. Unfortunately, those medications might not always interact well together. In this case, an integrated care plan is crucial to ensuring that no negative reactions occur from the combination of medications. Elderly patients will also find themselves juggling treatment protocols that may at times be very complicated. They may be in need of physical therapy or occupational therapy. One doctor may prescribe one method of treatment, while another prefers that they take it a different direction. This is a challenge for a young, healthy mind to coordinate, much less one that has begun to dim with age.
Thankfully, an integrated care plan puts all of a patient's unique needs in one place. It's designed to allow for quality care for every patient, no matter what health difficulties they might be facing, while comprehensively treating each ailment from which the patient suffers. Need a platform to begin designing an integrated care plan for the elderly patients in your office? Contact us to see how we can help.