New! Sign up and Save with our Weekly Wheelchair Transportation Plans

New! Sign up and Save with our Weekly Wheelchair Transportation Plans

At Medbridge Transport, we aim to improve the lives of wheelchair users in and around Houston, TX and that means providing a cost effective way to get around the city.

That is why we are launching our weekly wheelchair transportation plans where a passenger can get 2 to 5 round trip rides a week at a deep discount.  The plan is in full effect starting August 2019 to anyone in the covered areas (see plan details).

With the weekly transportation plans, you get 2, 3, or 5 round trip wheelchair rides for $150, $225 or $375 respectively. That’s an average savings of 35%.  These plans are perfect for passengers looking for transportation to Dialysis or chemo treatments.

Our hope is that you’ll spend less time planning transports and more time focusing on your health or the health of a loved one.  This is our first step towards delivering our goal to eliminate transportation as a barrier to health and happiness.

How it works

Subscribe for $150 every week to get these benefits:

  • 2 round trip rides
  • $0 per ride (up to 20 miles each)

Subscribe for $225 every week to get these benefits:

  • 3 round trip rides
  • $0 per ride (up to 20 miles each)

Subscribe for $375 every week to get these benefits:

  • 5 round trip rides
  • $0 per ride (up to 20 miles each)

Note: Rides do not roll over the following period.  If a ride goes over 20 miles, you just pay 2.85 per additional mile.

What Every Cancer Patient Should Know Before Starting Chemo Treatment in Houston, TX

What Every Cancer Patient Should Know Before Starting Chemo Treatment in Houston, TX

Receiving a cancer diagnosis for the first time is a truly unnerving and emotional experience, to say the very least. There is also a lot of information to process, and if you’ve been told that you will need to start chemotherapy, you certainly have a number of questions about the process. It’s obvious that your healthcare team is the resource you should turn to for answers to most of those questions, but what about the tips and tricks that can be shared from an experienced patient’s perspective? 

When it comes to preparing yourself for chemo treatment, you can never have “too much” information or advice. We all understand that having peace of mind is important, but it can be easy to overlook your mental and emotional well-being when your physical health is in question. That’s why we are here to discuss a few ways that you can make your entire chemo treatment experience a positive one.

Have a Personal Support System in Place

A cancer diagnosis and the whole process of going through chemotherapy can feel very isolating, but if you’re feeling the urge to separate yourself from your loved ones during treatment, don’t. Remember that your friends and family love you, they care about your well-being, and they actually want to be there for you. 

To really make the most of your emotional support system during chemo treatment, keep these tips in mind: 

  • Be prepared to answer questions with grace. Your loved ones probably don’t know much about chemo, and you can’t hold that against them. Remember that they are only asking questions in order to better understand your situation. Take the time to explain the anticipated side effect, the details of your diagnosis, and perhaps even the difference between cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. They simply may not already know. 
  • Have goals in mind and an understanding of your own needs from your support system. Share your boundaries from the beginning, and don’t be afraid to ask for additional support or a different kind of support. They won’t know what you need until you speak up. 
  • Also be mindful of the other person’s (or people’s) limits. We are not saying that you should be afraid to lean on them; we are saying that you should understand that everyone needs rest sometimes. As the saying goes, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” Give your friends and family time and space to recharge from time to time. 

Plan for What You Can and Be Prepared for Things You Can’t

If you’re one of those people who says things like, “I’m not much of a planner,” there has never been a better time to change that than right now. Having a solid plan in place makes things go more smoothly, and by eliminating the guesswork, you’re making things so much easier on yourself. Here are a few planning tips to keep in mind: 

  • Schedule some support services that will make your life easier during your treatment process, like meal delivery, medical transport, pet sitting and housekeeping. 
  • Ask for detailed instructions for everything, including dietary restrictions, chemo port care, and daily precautions necessary to keep you safe throughout the process. 
  • Keep an agenda on hand, and make sure it includes contact information for essential healthcare personnel, scheduled appointments, and reminders for other necessary tasks. Even your normal routine tasks can be easy to forget when you have so much going on. 

As far as living with unplanned events that might up without warning, it’s important to stay flexible and be ready to adapt to unexpected challenges. Whether big or small, those challenges are inevitable, but staying in the right frame of mind will help you overcome them easily.

Keep a Personal Healthcare Journal

As you go through your chemo treatment, you are going to experience a wide range of side effects. Your healthcare team will certainly prepare you for this, and they’re going to ask you about it when they see you. So, be prepared with a detailed account of what you have been going through, but don’t stop there. Use your chemotherapy journal to track every detail of the process, from diagnosis to recovery. A few ideas for what to keep in your chemo treatment journal include: 

  • A log of your daily diet and exercise
  • A sleep log (and put a fun spin on it by journaling your dreams, too!)
  • Symptoms of the illness
  • Side effects of the medication
  • Names and contact information for your healthcare team
  • Name and contact information for new friends you might meet during treatment and in support groups
  • Questions that come up (and the answers that you are given)
  • A list of “lessons learned” that you can share with other chemo patients in the future

Your healthcare journal is entirely personal to you, so there’s no “right” or “wrong” topic to write about or record. Include whatever comes to you, and let the process be flexible as you go. 

Expect a Long Road Ahead

One of the most common personal challenges for patients who are undergoing chemo treatment is how different things become. You may find that your favorite foods are no longer palatable. Your fitness routine may change. You may not have the same level of energy to play with your children or grandchildren. The list goes on. 

It’s so important to remember, though, that your personal health is the foremost concern for right now. It is your top priority. You have to focus on following your healthcare team’s advice and listening to your body as you recover, in order to ensure that you will have many more years with your loved ones ahead. 

Chemo treatment really takes a toll on our lives, but it’s not forever. So, be kind to yourself. Pace yourself. Make smart food choices, take medications as you’re told, and keep your appointments. If you feel fatigued, which you certainly will, take that as a sign that you should lie down for a little while. Give yourself that needed break. 

The road to recovery is long (and often difficult), but it’s worth the time and effort to reclaim your optimal health and wellbeing. So, to recap - be sure to lean on your support system when you need it, have a solid care plan in place, document everything, and keep a positive mindset. With these tips in mind, you can make this a positive experience for yourself and your loved ones, no matter what comes your way.

Signs of Caregiver Stress

Signs of Caregiver Stress

46% of family caregivers who have been caring for loved ones for more than 5 years report being under a lot of stress.  These numbers are startling – considering that 3 out of 10 adults are caregivers for a spouse or parent, and spend an average of 10 years taking care of a loved one.

Here are some alarming statistics:

  • 72% of family caregivers report not going to the doctor as often as they should
  • 55% say they skip doctor appointments for themselves
  • 63% of caregivers report having poor eating habits
  • 58% indicate worse exercise habits than before caregiving responsibilities

In many instances, these family caregivers are putting their lives on hold to take care of loved ones, sometimes leaving their full-time jobs if they can afford to do so. However, costs add up (the average out of pocket spend on caregiving is $5,531); many caregivers cannot afford to leave their jobs and then must also maintain a full-time job while taking care of an ill family.

Here are some of the areas where stress comes in:

  • Role confusionas the caregiver transitions from spouse, child, etc. to caregiver
  • Unrealistic expectationsas caregivers expect their involvement to have a positive effect on the health of the patient - which is not always the case.
  • Lack of controlas caregivers become frustrated by the complexity of the health system and feel unprepared to effectively plan their loved one's care.

One big factor for caregiver stress due to lack of control is how unpredictable medical appointments can be (lasting longer than expected, starting later than scheduled or being rescheduled entirely). Planning for medical appointments while at the same time managing a fulltime job and/or other demands can be overwhelming for caregivers.  That is why many families turn to Medbridge Transport’s medical transportation services.  The company’s trained drivers provide hand-to-hand transportation service, (escort passengers all the way to waiting rooms, check them in, and, wait with passengers for the duration of their appointments if requested) and undergo thorough empathy training.

The transportation service to medical appointments has proven to be a big stress reliever for family caregivers especially when the family member under care requires a wheelchair accessible transport.

While being a caregiver is rewarding on so many levels, caring for a wheelchair-bound loved one can also be challenging and lead to what is known as caregiver stress. Caregiver stress is incredibly common.  It’s a result of both the emotional and physical strains caregivers undertake every day, as most are continuously “on call” to help their loved ones.

Caregiving for a wheelchair-bound loved one can become overwhelming at times and leave little room for the caregiver to focus on other priorities. Sometimes, this stress can even lead to detrimental health effects on the caregiver, as their aid can mean forgoing care for themselves altogether.

That’s why it’s so important to understand that caregiver stress can take many forms, from anger to depression, to physical pains.  Caregiver stress can cloud the mind, body and soul, and can even lead to making careless mistakes that are harmful to both the caregiver and the cared for.

The act of caring goes both ways, so know the signs and symptoms of caregiver stress.  They include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling alone and isolated
  • Irritability and anger
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Frequent headaches or body aches
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Extreme weight loss or gain
  • Loss of interest in things once enjoyed

When everyone’s aware of the risk of caregiver stress, we can all work together to help relieve that stress and prevent negative health effects. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other loved ones and local resources for help from time to time. After all, you need to be able to care for yourself before you can take on the care of your wheelchair-bound loved one.

Patient No-Show Statistics Every Practice Administrator Should Know

Patient No-Show Statistics Every Practice Administrator Should Know

Medical appointment no-shows are such a widespread issue that countless data analysts have gathered and studied their prevalence and impact over the years. Across all of those studies and reports, one fact remains certain: failure to report for medical appointments results in diminished patient care, as well as lost profits in healthcare organizations. What’s more is that rising costs and ever-growing demands placed on healthcare providers have made it critical to use time and other resources as wisely as possible. There is just no room for chronic cancellations and no-shows in a modern healthcare environment.

Here are some stats that every hospital and practice administrator should know, according to a retrospective cohort study published in 2016:

  • Across 10 clinics studied, the mean no-show rate was 18.8%.
  • Overall, no-shows were worst in sub-specialist clinics. Gastrointestinal services were identified as having the highest incidence of no-shows, while Audiology proved to have the lowest.
  • No-show rates remained high despite the implementation of a centralized phone reminder system. Phone reminders reduced the incidence from 16.3 % down to 15.8 %.

Experts analyzed the total cost of no-show appointments for the fiscal year of the study, and they concluded that the total loss across all 10 clinics added up to $14.58 million. The average cost for each patient no-show across all specialties was $196 per appointment. Clearly, this is not a problem that the healthcare industry can continue to ignore.

At Medbridge Transport, we’ve recognized this need, and we have made it our mission to support healthcare practices in restoring profitability and efficiency by ensuring that patients arrive to their appointments on time. Ask how a partnership with MedBridge Transport can improve your practice workflows and the quality of your healthcare delivery.