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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.
Two years ago, my mom was there in rehab. It was fairly good then, but now, in end of 2010, she's there again. We couldn't believe how much they've improved both the staff as well as the environment. They're very attentive and strive to give you the best of service to keep your loved one comfortable and safe. They are a very clean facility and the decor is something more like a hotel than a nursing home. They try to make you feel like you are at home. They have many wonderful themed patio areas if you and your loved one are able to sit there. They have a dining area where, if you are able, you can dine like at a restaurant with "waiters" and all. The entire staff from the Doctor(s) to the Janitorial service and everything in between are friendly and they thank you for visiting your own loved one. The resident social workers and Administration Directors and everyone else in that department is more than happy to help answer any of your questions or concerns. What I like most of all is, they're open for visitors from 10am - 8pm; however, as family, you can drop in at any time. This is great cause you know they're not trying to hide anything. We've been there at all hours of the day and night, and the service is consistent all the way through. We can rest well, knowing that mom is in good hands. Everyone is just wonderful and the Therapists will accommodate the wishes of the patient and adjust the therapy to their current condition. They don't just say, "Ok. You're not feeling well, we won't do it then." They will do their best to accommodate the physical therapy. It's a great place.
I have been coming to this facility since the late 70s or 80s. BUT only when i can not get in to see my primary doctors....I have seen with my own eyes a guy come in with his finger in a cup and bloody stump wrapped in a dirty shirt...he did not have insurance or money and they put his finger in a clean cup of ice and sent him away.....i have seen a woman who had a soaring fever FAINT in the waiting room...but i have also seen amazing sympathetic nursing staff as well as doctors. I had pneumonia and they were able to xray me on site and send me home with antibiotics. They called 3x times for 5 days to check on me. I had an ear infection/pain and dr. fink could not get to the heart of the problem and personally spent 20 minutes calling ENTs until she found a doctor who would take me as soon as i could get there. She did not pass it off to the nursing staff...she did this herself because i kept stepping out of my room and listening to her behind the cubicle wall...so my opinion of this clinic is this is the place to come to when your regular doctor can not see you and you do not want to go thru the hell at an ER. Just be sure you have insurance, credit card, or cash cause these people do not take IOUs nor are they a free clinic. They demand payment. AND if you dont like the wait, go to the ER in los gatos on knowles....never a wait...but expect a zillion bills to follow you even if you have insurance...those doctors are contractors..
I have been very pleased with Mission De La Casa. My mother-in-law was placed in this facility based on our request. There was very few facilities that we could choose from based on my mother-in-laws needs, dementia, wandering etc and that took MediCal. I assumed that if the facility took MediCal that we might not get the quality that we would at other facilities, but I have to say, even though I don't have a lot of other places to compare to, we have been very pleased at the care of the staff. We get to see my mother-in-law twice a week and sometimes 3 times. Every time we come to see her she is well cared for. They braid her hair and make her look nice. The place is always clean and I always see staff that are in the process of cleaning, so it is something they do on going. The activities director, gets her involved in the music programs and says she loves to sing and dance. When ever we take her out of the facility, several of the staff will say bye to her by name as she is walking out, even though they do not work at her station. On Wednesdays the staff give the patients pedicures and massage their calves and forearms. So even though the place has a hospital feel in the dementia until, the people are so nice and take good care of her. they are always glad to see us and know all our names. So overall I would give them very high ratings. I am very surprised at the other reviews. That has not been my experience at all.
I came to Silver Creek Therapy in October 2010 with a severe case of 'Frozen Shoulder'. I could barely move my right hand, and could not do much of the routine work without terrible pain. One of the doctors had even suggested possible surgery, however, I wanted to avoid surgery if at all possible. Thanks to Todd and his excellent staff at Silver Creek Physical Therapy, after a few sessions I started regaining much of the movements in my right arm with a lot less pain. Their massage and stretching exercises really helped me. Entire staff is very caring and helpful. I am really thankful to Todd for giving me the right physical therapy. Now I do not have to go through surgery and I have 100% strength and movements in my right arm. Thank you Silver Creek Physical Therapy Team!
I have shoulder and knee pains for as long as I can remember. I went to different kinds of treatment from accupuncture to chiropractors , and the pains would disappear for a while, then comes back again. I choose Golden Hills PT bec it's closer to my house and the reviews that I read were not just good, but better.So I made an appt. and on my first day, I was so amazed how the pains on my shoulder eased out and I came out of the clinic like a new "me". After my therapy in the morning, I feel so revived and ready to tackle the day's work. I must say that Golden Hills has done a much better job on my shoulders and knee bec the way they handle patients are like they are doing miracles. THANK YOU SO MUCH:)
My family of five has been served by this clinic since we moved to San Jose eight years ago. We never go anywhere else. They do our annual check ups, vaccines and sports exams for the kids, emergency surgergy referral, even a dietary referral when that became an issue. One reason I feel so comfortable with this clinic is that the nursing assistants seem to stay there for years.They are knowledgable and friendly. Like all doctors offices there is usually a wait depending on the severity of days earlier patients. Antibotics are not freely prescribed. Clinic is open weekends and holidays or by appointment. All of the doctors are very kind and caring. I highly reccommend this clinic.
I had an MRI showing a torn meniscus. I was referred by my General Practitioner to Doctor Golod. My surgery is in a week. What I can already say is that I was grossly overweight, smoked, and was a walking candidate for a heart attack. Doctor Golod took the time to "scare me straight. He told me straight out that the general anesthetia might kill me and recommended local anesthetic. I left the office two weeks ago committed to improving. I quit smoking cold turkey and put myself on a good diet. We will see how the surgery goes; but I was impressed that Dr. Golod took the time to care, took the time to explain the problems in my way, and did not push me into surgery.
Doctor Mitra Emami is a very fine doctor. She listens patiently, she does not force any medication or procedure on you, and she will try to guide you and work with you to solve whatever zombie-like malady is wearing you down. This is exactly how she helped me. I had lost my appetite, my strength and my balance, and she ennabled me to regain all three. If someone else had a bad experience with her, all I can say is to be patient yourself, build a professional relationship with her, or with any doctor for that matter. Over time you will get the service you will be well satisfied with, as I am with Dr Emami.
Dr Dellamaggiore takes the time to personaly sit and talk with you to explain all procedures and options. The Dr was more that willing to re-visit any questions I had. I can say from experience that he will not proceed with any procedure even if you tell him to "unless he is 100% sure that you understand everything.The Dr. is one of the only people that will even come out the waiting room to call you in for the visit. At my age he is one of the best Dr's I have ever seen, including allthe Dr's I have taken my children to. I wish himandhis practice all the best in the future.
Dr. Emami is an excellent neurologist. She treats her patients with kindness and respect. She speaks directly to my young adult daughter, who is developmentally delayed, gently and patiently. Even though my daughter was a difficult patient to interact with initially, Dr. Emami patiently endured her attitude and worked with us to find the best seizure control medication. She has also collaborated with another specialist to find the best balance of medications for her seizure disorder and another condition. I am happy to recommend Dr. Emami to prospective patients!
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.