Oklahoma Seniors and Medicare – The Annual Wellness Visit
Oklahoma Seniors! You’ve made it to retirement! Congratulations on living such a full and healthy life and making your new home at Grace Pointe Living in Moore, Oklahoma!
If you are able to access the benefits of Medicare, then you’ll want to be aware of the advantages provided to you. You paid into the systems for a lifetime and you deserve to understand the benefits of Medicare.
What’s one of the most important benefits of staying healthy and leveraging your Medicare benefits? Your Annual Wellness Visit!
Get Your Medicare Wellness Visit Every Year!
If you have Medicare, be sure to schedule a yearly wellness visit with your doctor. A yearly wellness visit is a great way to help you stay healthy.
What happens during a yearly wellness visit?
The doctor or nurse will first ask you to fill out a questionnaire called a “health risk assessment.” Your answers will help you and the doctor or nurse get the most from your yearly wellness visit.
During your visit, the doctor or nurse will:
- Go over your health risk assessment with you
- Ask about your medical and family history
- Measure your height and weight
- Check your blood pressure
- Ask about other doctors you see and any medicines you take
- Give advice to help you prevent disease, improve your health, and stay well
The doctor or nurse will give you a short, written plan – like a checklist – to take home with you. This plan will include any screening tests and other preventive services that you will need over the next 5 to 10 years. Preventative services are health care services that keep you from getting sick.
This may seem like a simple tip, but we all know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take advantage of the prevention benefits of an annual wellness visit. You’ve earned your Medicare benefits, so utilize them to the fullest extent possible.
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