Daily Piece: Caring for the Whole Person

Bill is one of my favorite patients as he is elderly gentlemen with a loving supportive family.  During his last visit with me, he shared his frustration of having the benefit of medical transportation to his dialysis appointments discontinued due to his “improved health.” As it turns Medicare discontinued this vital service for Bill because his health improved.  This is an issue because Bill also has dementia and can not remember how to get home from the dialysis center if he drives for his treatment.

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While I am a diabetes educator, I have the responsibility and privilege of caring  for the “whole” person as in Bill’s scenario.  Good news, after following up with his PCP, the paperwork is being processed for Bill to get his medical transportation to dialysis center back.

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