Wellness Visits at AIMG
Just as the seasons transition from one to the next, so do our patients. Avenel Iselin Medical Group is here to provide compassionate medical care and support to our senior patients and to those experiencing changes in their daily living needs.
Our goal at AIMG is to promote healthy living practices that aid in active, fruitful lives that facilitate independent living for as long as possible. The components of our wellness visits are as follows:
Welcome to Medicare Visit
Medicare is health insurance for people aged 65 and up. You’re first eligible for Medicare three months before you turn 65 but you may be eligible sooner if you have a disability, End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).
During this visit, we may explain your Medicare benefits and coverage as well as answer any questions you may have.
Medicare Advantage plans (sometimes called “Part C” or “MA Plans”) are another way to get your Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. They are optional, private insurance plans offered by Medicare-approved companies that must follow the rules set by Medicare. They may be a Health Maintenance Organization plan (HMO), Preferred Provider Organization plan (PPO), Private Fee for Service (PFFS) plan, or a Special Needs Plan (SNPs).
Annual Wellness Visits
As part of RWJBarnabas Health, our physicians and physician assistants have access to the latest equipment and technologies to serve you. AIMG is both sensitive to, and well-versed in the needs of our senior population. Our doctor’s office is equipped to handle your needs and concerns with professionalism and compassion.
Part of this care includes an annual wellness visit. Similar to a routine visit, an annual wellness visit may include:
- A review of your medical and family history
- A review of your current doctors and prescriptions
- Checking your height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements
- Personalized health advice
- Time for you to ask questions and/or share concerns
Activity of Daily Living and Fall Risk Assessments
To encourage the safety, health, and longevity of our patients, AIMG also provides the following services as needed:
Activity of Daily Living Assessment
This assessment includes a number of health & lifestyle questions that measure your ability to safely and effectively take care of your daily living needs. Rated from totally dependent to totally independent, some of these measured Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) categories include:
- Personal hygiene
- General mobility (or ambulating)
Additional Activities of Daily Living that are necessary for independent living (but not necessarily as crucial as ADLs) are known as IADLs, or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. Some of these include:
- Meal preparation
- Money management
- Medication management
Your wellness visit is the ideal time to discuss your concerns with your AIMG physician so that you can come up with a plan to facilitate your daily living.
Fall Risk Assessments
As we age, our risk of falling increases due to a variety of factors such as mobility issues, impaired vision, chronic illnesses, and balance disorders. Combined with reduced bone density associated with age, a fall can lead to broken bones and other serious conditions.
To help keep our patients functioning at their best, AIMG provides fall risk assessments for those who are experiencing symptoms or who have factors that may put them at risk. The assessment includes:
- An initial screening that includes questions about your overall health and whether you have had previous falls or issues with balance, standing, or walking
- Fall assessment tools to test your balance, strength, and gait
Based on your assessment, your healthcare provider may provide you with exercises and strategies to prevent falls and reduce your chance of injury. Healthy habits help promote wellness!
Advanced Care Planning
Advanced Care Planning can be a scary term, but it essentially involves drafting a care plan to implement in the event that you may become unable to care for yourself.
As part of this care plan, you will want to have an advance directive in place. This is a legal document that records your wishes about medical treatment to be used at a future time when you may not be able to make decisions about your care.
Having a plan in place helps ease the minds of many people just like yourself. AIMG is happy to provide you with guidance in putting together your advance directive and ongoing support of your healthcare needs.