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The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
Aurora, IL 60502
The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
I referred a friend to the Aurora location and he met with Scott. Please steer clear of Care Clinics. Very unprofessional evaluators and the Director Stan is no help whatsoever. Evaluator did not listen to the client, wrote in inaccurate description and omitted important information on the evaluation. When director Stan was asked about the errors and omissions and presented with consistent facts from the police report director refused to admit any fault or work with client AND then told to go elsewhere. Stan refused a second evaluation (client would have paid again!!)This facility has one goal, and that is to get your money and recommend services to their facility. They will not listen to you and they do not care about their clients. I expect the Director will respond to this review with a very different version and make excuses for his staff (read these reviews on Lake Street location). This makes me sad to know people who represent themselves as professionals hold such little regard for customer satisfaction. This facility will not treat you fairly or see you as an individual. Not only will they do an "evaluation" and slaughter the description of events, they have a protocol to assign mandatory classes if any arrest has been made and will place their label on you regardless. Do yourself a favor, pay a little more and seek out a reputable facility. This place is cheap and you get what you pay for. Go to a counceling center instead. They will care more about your individual needs and see you as a person & actually provide the help you need. Sidenote: Louis who I spoke with at Care Center is very nice & professional! She needs to take Stan's job. She has very good customer service skills and seems to really care about people.
If there was choice to not put atleast one star I would definitely chose that one they leave you die here they don't care about health they staff are always on break and gossiping
I had a spectacular experience with Care Clinics in Aurora. I was arrested for a DUI many years ago and I thought that it was behind me until I got a notice from the state that they were going to revoke my driver's license. I searched for a place to help get my driver's license back. I found Care Clinics was qualified to perform the required DUI evaluation. I spoke with the receptionist Crystal and she was very friendly and answered all of my questions. I was in a dire need of a late evening appointment due to my profession. She set me up with Scott for an appointment at 8:00 p.m. to help me not miss any work. I found this unbelievable to get an appointment that late. I also found a coupon on their website and asked if I could use that for my appointment and she said yes. Crystal gave me a list of documents to obtain and I was able to locate all the necessary information. I talked to my old attorney about my arrest report and told him what happened. The attorney knew of Care Clinics so I thought that was good as well. I arrived for my appointment 15 minutes late but Scott was gracious about the late arrival. Scott interviewed me for about an hour and was very helpful about the process to get my license back. I had to do the DUI class and go to counseling. Since time was of the essence I was able to do group counseling which was pretty cheap compared to some other places I called. The group counseling was great only 8 or 10 of us in the group. I found that there were other professionals in the group and it really helped me. I was really amazed at the information I was given about alcohol. I did not think my drinking was excessive or even needed to change but I learned that alcohol in small amounts was okay but excessive drinking was not only dangerous it was damaging my liver! Scott was one of my group leaders and he listened to our concerns, problems, and complaints about court and hoops we were jumping through just to get our license back. During one of the sessions we talked about how alcohol effected our families and one of our members broke down in group it was pretty intense but Scott pointed out to him he was changing and that in a previous session his wife told him how happy she was that he stopped drinking. I think it says about a place and staff members that you feel safe to be open and honest during these sessions. I could tell that the group member was relieved and did acknowledge he was changing. I was also in the DUI education group and Peggy was the best! She was a social worker as well and made us all feel very comfortable. Peggy taught us all about the DUI laws, the effects alcohol had on our bodies, how alcohol and drugs affects are driving skills, and how you could get a DUI on prescription medication. Scott then prepared me for my hearing which was such a relief because I just didn't know what to expect. Scott informed me that I needed to memorize my drinking history and not to make any mistakes. Scott also told me that I needed to be able to accurately inform the hearing officer what my problem was, what did I learn, and what changes I made to stop another DUI arrest. Well the big day arrived and I was nervous but what I learned at Care Clinics helped me get a driving permit on the first hearing. It took about 1 month to get all of my requirements completed which helped immensely since I was getting rides from family, friends, and neighbors. I really believe that you should give credit were credit is due at that is for Care Clinics and all of their wonderful staff. If I had any family or friends in need of alcohol or drug counseling I would tell them to go to Care Clinics!
What kind of doctor's office waits a week to return a call!! Had raw, inflamed skin from a prescription, called on a beginnining of one week and never heard back until the following week!! Don't need your help now! Never again!!!
Driver License ReinstatementI went to Care Clinics to get my driver's license reinstated following a DUI revocation. This place was great! I think the most important thing about this place is the staff. Can you believe that a REAL person answers the phone every time! They really want to help you get your license back. The fees were really low, a friend of mine paid twice what I paid at some other place and he didn't even get his license back! I learned I needed to change my drinking so I didn't get another DUI arrest. The counseling really helped because after I changed my drinking I noticed that I felt better and my relationship with my boyfriend got better! If you want to get better go to Care Clinics!
I would not recommend this doctor to anyone. He is unprofessional, gets upset vary easily and as a result talks over you for an example the last time I seen him I was in the hospital I told him that I no longer wanted to be treated by him he got loud with me and stormed out of my room. He is not good at giving out information almost withheld information and brings it up months down the road which should have been addressed from the first doctor’s appointment. There is one staff member that was very helpful but other than that the staff members forgot to put in orders for my blood lab to be done not once or twice not even the third or fourth time but five times in a row. Having to wait for the clinic where I get my blood drawn took 30 to 40min to get a hold of the doctor’s office and have them put the orders in than add about 5 to 10 min time it took to get my blood drawn. Over all I am not happy with the staff and I am not happy with the doctor he is extremely rude and unprofessional.
The doctors are ok... husband had surgery which had complications - massive hematoma, an infection that the doctor didn't catch even though he was called 3x in a week and told it was RED and hot, he disregarded it until we showed up with a pulmonary embolism and inability to breath, then he took us seriously. IT was an infection, just like I said. Then, a year later, the surgery site gave out and an emergency surgery of the same surgery was performed, and more complications followed. Nurses at the hospital taking care of my husband flat out asked if a veterinarian cut my husband up to do the surgery because it looked so bad and my husband was in such bad shape. THEY were concerned that the surgery had gone so horribly wrong that they were making snide comments to us about the doctor's job on the procedure.The receptionist - Rose - they need to do something about her - what a witch! She is so rude, it's unbelievable. I've dealt with her over the course of a year, and she's not just rude to me, it's everyone. I sit back in the waiting room and watch her pretty much yell people's names when it's their turn - it's a small waiting room, Rose, you don't have to scream our names! She sighs heavily and loudly when little old ladies who've just had surgery make their way to the door to come back, as if the world is going to END if they take a second more of their time. She makes patients, who are there for visits after SURGERY, walk down the hall to use the bathroom. We get it, loud and clear - Rose hates her job...and it makes me hate going there. Find someone else please to greet people and answer phones, this woman is awful!
Extreme wait times dispite of an appointment!!!
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.