Did you know that some medical conditions can be overlooked at your medical evaluation? When you visit a PACE Center for the first time, you want the doctor to capture all active medical conditions. However, she may not document a past medical condition. Why? She won’t know they’re there.
Some conditions are “quiescent” or dormant. This means they may not be an issue now, yet they still exist. For example, if you had a toe amputation 30 years ago, you may not feel the need to share this information. After all, what’s there to say? You’ve been living without any complications for years now.
Despite the seeming irrelevancy of some medical conditions, the PACE physician still needs to accurately document your medical history. You should communicate any past conditions or surgeries, including hereditary diseases in your family such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Giving the PACE doctor a complete picture of your health will mean a better outcome for your long-term care goals.
How can you prepare for your doctor visit at PACE?
When you share your medical information, our interdisciplinary team can capture accurate data and develop a customized care plan that fits your needs. Here are some tips for talking to the doctor at your medical evaluation at PACE:
- Bring notes about your symptoms: how long you’ve been experiencing them, how often they occur, and if you’ve seen another physician about them
- List all past medical conditions and illnesses in your family
- Write down what medications you’re taking and their dosage
- Bring any copies of recent reports or tests
- Remember you can always have your caregiver with you
Sharing your medical history alone does not mean you’re eligible for PACE. But it’s the first step to reveal your ideas, concerns, and expectations before enrolling in a program. And if you’re enrolled, the details will help you get the care you need.
For more information about how to enroll in PACE, visit our website here.