It’s important to remember that patients with chronic conditions can still enjoy life. While chronic diseases can affect a patient’s ability to perform some important daily activities, this doesn’t have to completely restrict social engagement and their enjoyment of family and friends. Enhanced and ongoing communication with doctors, a focus on medication compliance, and patient health education offered by chronic care management (CCM) can provide immediate and long-term benefits. CCM and Transitional Care Management (TCM) can help doctors improve patient health-related quality of life, and boost the number of healthy physical and mental days.
Provider approved discussions on self-care activities like exercise can improve pain scores, and eliminate fatigue and sleep problems. Exercise can even reduce the risk for falls, a common cause of nonfatal injuries in seniors. Emphasizing to patients the need for social engagement to eliminate a sense of isolation and loneliness can stave-off depression. Many doctors and their patients don’t consider exercise and social engagement as prevention or treatment for chronic conditions which may provide as much benefit as surgery or medication. Not to mention the potential for fewer side effects or harm.