Routine Check-ups Are Key: National Women's Check-up Day: May 14th

We don’t have to tell you that getting regular senior check-ups are essential to your loved one’s health. Not only does having a bi-annual exam help treat any underlying conditions, it can also detect any potential illnesses or diseases.
But what you may not know is that the type of check-up and how often it’s performed usually depends on the age, health, history and lifestyle choices of your senior.
If your loved one is not completely comfortable with the idea of having a routine check-up, here are a few reasons Freedom Home Care came up with to help remind them of the benefits.
Preventative Care
As the saying goes “Prevention is better than the cure.” We can’t emphasize enough the importance of preventative maintenance. The healthcare industry warns that the occurrence of chronic and multiple chronic illness among seniors is rapidly increasing. In order to combat this growing trend, experts say a strategic preventative care strategy can help to significantly lower the occurrence of chronic and acute disease in the elderly.
Lower Healthcare Costs
According to the U.S. spends about two and half times more for healthcare than almost any other country.  And that amount is only expected to increase over time.
The problem is, we all require medical care at some point in our lives and, many times, older loved ones are left struggling financially from paying out-of-pocket expenses for medical bills.
But getting a routine health exam or check-up can help lower the risk of potential long term disease and other conditions, while avoiding the growing costs associated with surgery and post-hospital care.
A Continuing Relationship With Your Provider
This is one of the relationships that’s most overlooked when it comes to maintaining the health of our loved ones. The fact is, keeping in touch with a doctor not only helps to increase the longevity of her life, it also encourages seniors to take a more active role in their health. Aside from receiving services from a professional home care agency, your loved one’s relationship with her provider is also crucial to reducing hospital readmission and complications.
Opportunity for Screenings
Unfortunately, with age, women can suffer from things like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer. But medical screenings are designed to help detect any serious conditions or diseases before the onset of symptoms.
Maintain Healthy Eating & Exercise Habits
Physical challenges can often deter older loved ones from performing proper exercise and healthy meal preparation. Knowing your senior’s medical history, her doctor can suggest foods that would be beneficial particularly for her. A physician is also able to help your loved one implement an exercise routine that would best meet her needs.