Annual Wellness Visit
You'll enjoy your annual visit to Bestcare's new Wellness Center, next door to our primary care center.
Staying healthy and extending your life after age 65 not only requires some preventative maintenance but preemptive checking to catch problems in the earliest possible stages while it is still possible to fix them. Toward that end, Medicare has established an “Annual Wellness Visit” and Bestcare has opened a new office next door to our primary care practice.
The Annual Wellness Visit is not a standard “physical,” conventional checkup, or fix when you are sick. For illnesses, aches and pains, visit our primary or urgent care facilities next door. The result of a Wellness Visit is a proactive plan for your preventive care in the coming year to help you achieve optimal wellness.
What to expect
The visit is easy to do and pleasant from beginning to end. Start with a complimentary cup of coffee in our waiting room. Well ask you to fill out a health-risk assessment questionnaire covering your medical history and lifestyle. Next we’ll record your height, weight, and body mass index (BMI).
Then you’ll sit down with a qualified Physician Assistant (PA) for an interview. She will conduct a general health exam of your heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, explore your medical and family history, discuss your current medications, establish a list of your current health providers and drug prescriptions, and cover any risk factors you should be aware of. The visit also includes a screening for any cognitive impairments plus an immunization and screening schedule for the next 5-10 years.
During the session you’ll get expert advice on vital aspects of your health including,
- How to ensure healthy brain function
- How to prevent shortness of breath
- Tips for maintaining and improving your memory
- Home exercise program anyone can do
- Ways to improve your health
- How to manage your blood sugar levels by what you eat
- How to divide your plate to ensure correctly sized servings
The services you receive as part of your interview depend on your personal health, family history, age, and Medicare coverage eligibility. If warranted, you may be invited back for diabetes testing or brain function testing.
Brain Function Check
Your brain is your most important organ since it serves as the headquarters of your nervous system and controls all parts of the body. Brain heath can result in anxiety, attention issues, depression, forgetfulness, injury, pain, sleep issues and stress.
The test is interesting and takes about 45 minutes. You’ll do a series of exercises on a computer while wearing an electroencephalography (EEG) cap, similar to a swim cap, that painlessly monitors your brain’s electronic activity.
This test can detect the presence of enzymes collecting to the detriment of brain health. This can give about 10 years advance warning on conditions which today can be halted with early detection, including memory loss, stress-related issues, depression, and cognitive impairment — including conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Dr. Carlson can use neurotherapy to safely target specific areas in your brain that are not performing optimally to get them to naturally “fire and wire” together.
This 6-minute, non-invasive test accurately evaluates your cardiopulmonary health, to safeguard the function of heart and lungs. Over the past decade, direct measurements that quantify breathing efficiency have emerged as leading predicators of risk in patients with heart failure.
Small Nerve Damage Check
This test, called a “SudoScan,” measures small nerve damage in your hands and feet that can happen early in diabetes. The object is to identify your risk and preventative actions through the definition of a health and lifestyle program.
The Ankle Brachial Index Check (ABI)
By comparing the blood pressure in your lower legs against the blood pressure in your arms we can discover if you are at risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the blood vessels of your legs. Plaque, if allowed to build up in arteries, can hinder blood flow. This test can help you avoid pain, numbness and amputation. If disease is detected, a stint can be put in to restore blood circulation.
Meet the friendly staff of our new Bestcare Wellness Center,
next door to our primary and urgent care offices.
Lifestyle Change Check
During your visit, we’ll review your functional ability and level of safety. For example, how safe is your home? Are you at risk from falling on wet floors, shower stalls, or stairs? Are there hazards you might trip over such as torn carpeting or clutter in the garage? Do you have any vision or hearing impairment that might contribute to a car accident? We will assess all such activities including your ability to perform the daily activities of living such as bathing yourself and getting dressed.
Based on your answers, we’ll supply advice and even referrals to health education or preventive counseling services, or programs designed to eliminate risk factors and promote wellness such as weight loss, physical activity, smoking cessation, fall prevention, and nutrition.
If changes in diet or fitness or recommended, or if you need to quit smoking, we can help with support and guidance for your progress.
What Medicare Covers
Whether you have original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan, your once-yearly Annual Wellness Visit at Bestcare is covered with no coinsurance, copays, or deductible.