Everything you need to know about annual wellness visits.

With COVID-19 still spreading, staying healthy is more important than ever. But, it’s hard to know what’s more important: Staying home and staying safe… or getting the routine care you need. 

HAP is here to help.

At this time, it’s safe to schedule in-person appointments for: 

  • Preventive screenings 
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Flu shots and other adult immunizations 
  • Behavioral health 
  • Dental cleanings
  • Eye exams
  • Child immunizations 
  • Well-baby check ups
  • Prenatal and postpartum care

But most importantly, make sure to see your primary care doctor. At your annual wellness visit, talk to your doctor about…

  • COVID-19 and the flu – Today, there are two viruses spreading. And unfortunately, both conditions can be very contagious. To protect yourself from COVID-19 and influenza, ask about your risk factors. Then, see if your doctor can help you understand the symptoms. Because knowing what to expect, and what to do next, can be very helpful. (Don’t forget your annual flu shot.)
  • Your mental health – Consider current events. How are you handling the stress and uncertainty of living in a pandemic? Are you experiencing any anxiety? Depression? Loneliness? Tell your doctor what you’re feeling. He/she may have ways to support you. 
  • Your medications – Need a prescription refilled? Ask during your office visit. For your safety and convenience, we recommend using an at-home
    delivery service. Like Pharmacy Advantage.
  • An activity plan – Being physically active can improve your heart health. Your weight. Your mood. Your energy. And even your sleeping patterns. So, ask your doctor to help create a custom activity plan. He/she may recommend doing more of what you love (like gardening or going for after-dinner walks). Together, you can figure out fun ways to improve your fitness. 
  • Bladder control – More than 33 million Americans experience bladder control issues. So, there’s no shame. If you’re struggling, try limiting caffeine and alcohol. You can also cut back on liquids after 4 p.m. Then, for more tips, talk to your health care provider. 
  • Fall prevention – Did you know? Older individuals who have fallen once have a 200% risk of falling again. Until you talk to your doctor, try… Strengthening your lower body. Securing loose rugs. Wearing shoes with grips. And decluttering your home. All of the above can help prevent future falls and injuries.

To stay safe, it is recommended that you wash your hands regularly, wear your mask and social distance. 

To make the most of your appointment, you may also want to prepare ahead of time. For example, you can start writing down questions about your wellbeing. Then, you’ll have them with you when you need them. (And you won’t have to try to remember!) 

It can also be beneficial to explore your family health history. Learning more about your blood relatives may help you and your doctor assess the likelihood of developing genetic diseases. Which can help your PCP provide more targeted care.

We have checklists available for all ages to help you prep for an upcoming visit. 

As you continue working on your wellness, remember you can tap into 24/7 telehealth. In situations where it makes sense, you can get convenient care from the comfort of home. But please know, with respect to the pandemic, patients are safe with our top doctors and leading hospitals. 

Want more? Read our blog post: Getting care in a COVID-world? Here’s what you can expect.

Categories: Get Healthy

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