Is there anything worse than having to go to medical appointments? Actually, there are plenty of things. Nonetheless, medical appointments tend to be inconvenient and time-consuming. They can even ruin your whole day if you let them. The good news is that you do not have to allow that to happen. Attitude is everything, and the right attitude can help you get through those medical appointments and still come out smiling at the end of the day.
A good attitude starts with understanding that medical procedures are a necessary part of life. As you get older, you are likely to require more medical appointments just to keep up with the effects of age. This is entirely normal. Having more appointments at age 60 than you had when you were 40 does not mean there is something wrong with you. It only means your body is getting older.
Companionship Goes a Long Way
My Divine Concierge offers, among other things, transportation services to and from medical appointments. We love providing this service for one simple reason: we appreciate the opportunity to provide companionship at a time when it can be very comforting. We know that our older clients often face medical appointments with some level of anxiety and uncertainty; we can help relieve some of that anxiety simply by being there to talk and listen.
Perhaps you are not a big fan of driving as you got older. That is yet another reason to consider letting us provide transportation to and from medical appointments. Let us deal with the crazy New York traffic so that you don’t have to. We will get you to your appointments right on time and be there to take you home as soon as you are done. There will be no waiting for buses or other forms of senior transportation that otherwise may have kept you waiting.
Tips for Making Appointments Easier
Before bringing this post to a close, we want to offer some tips for making your medical appointments easier. These are all things we have learned through years of experience:
- Call your doctor or other healthcare provider a day or two before your appointment just to confirm that you have the right date and time. Also confirm the location of the facility. Sometimes things happen and we forget appointment dates and times. Confirming alleviates any confusion.
- The night before your appointment, do your best to get to bed on time and get a good night’s rest. It will do wonders for your mindset and attitude the next day. And, of course, adequate rest is good for your overall health.
- If you have any questions for your healthcare provider, take some time the day before to write them down. Then be sure to take those questions with you to your appointment. Having your questions written down guarantees that you will not forget anything.
- Bring something to keep your mind occupied while you are in the waiting room. Healthcare providers are extremely busy – there is nothing we can do about that. There’s no point in sitting bored or getting agitated while you wait.
Whether you go alone or take someone with you, be sure to leave plenty of time to get to your appointment. A little extra time may be necessary in the event of traffic jams, inclement weather, or getting lost.
Medical appointments are inconvenient but necessary. Do not let them ruin your day. Instead, adopt a positive attitude and prepare well in advance of your appointments. If we can help by providing transportation and companionship, we would love the opportunity to do so.