In light of recent global events, one new way of treating patients is making its way to the forefront of medicine. Telemedicine has become very common in treating patients of all kinds. Telemedicine requires the use of an interactive audio and video telecommunications system that permits real-time communication between a patient and physician. Telemedicine involves transmitting medical information to a physician or practitioner who is able to review or diagnose on the spot. There are many benefits of telemedicine for dementia, and we’ve listed a few of them below.
No Transportation Time Or Costs
When you see your doctor on your mobile device or computer, you can save money on gas, parking, and public transportation. Even better, you don’t waste time traveling or risk running into a traffic jam that makes you late for your appointment.
There is an ever expanding variety of physicians who are offering telemedicine these days, so there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to see your regular doctor via video. If you can’t, but still need remote access to care, there are a number of online-only, on-demand options on the market today. They can’t treat every condition, but can tackle a wide variety of problems. Some insurance companies pay for this type of care.
Access to Specialists
Some people who need the care of a specialist have to travel long distances and make an appointment well in advance. There is no guarantee that you will be able to see the specialist at a time that is convenient for you. Telemedicine makes it possible for you and your primary care physician to leverage the expertise of specialists who are not nearby.
Less Chance of Catching A New Illness
Doctor’s offices are crawling with germs and illnesses. Becoming more sick is always a possibility if you are visiting the doctor. Telemedicine eliminates these dangers and risks to exposure. Staying home ensures that you are not contracting anything new or passing on what you might already have.
Less Time in the Waiting Room
If you choose a video visit via telemedicine technology, you’ll eliminate all that time spent waiting in a room at the office. Even if you don’t use telemedicine, choosing a practice that offers it will reduce your wait time by letting other patients be seen from home.
When you are able to see your doctor as often as you need to, without the challenges of getting into the office, you can practice better management of your medication, lifestyle, and any chronic conditions you might have. This is great for people with dementia who may have issues come up unexpectedly.
Keeping all this in mind, telemedicine is a great option for the elderly who have dementia. Telemedicine offers convenience and safety during this time of global pandemic.
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