Chronic Care

Chronic Care services offered in Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton and Ellenton, FL

Chronic care, or chronic disease management, uses healthy lifestyle changes, preventive medicine, and prescription medication to prevent chronic illnesses, like diabetes and arthritis, from worsening. At Primary Care of Venice in Venice, Florida, the skilled primary care team provides chronic care to people of all ages. Whether you need help managing your blood sugar or want to reduce your risk of a heart attack, chronic care can help. Call the Primary Care of Venice office today to schedule a chronic care appointment, or book your visit online. 

Chronic Care Q&A

Are chronic care and chronic disease management the same thing?

Yes. Chronic care and chronic disease management are the same thing. Specifically, they refer to a primary care subspecialty that aims to manage chronic (or incurable) illnesses and prevent them from worsening. 

Chronic illness affects every aspect of your life, including your physical health, mobility, and general outlook. Working with a qualified chronic care provider reduces your risk of complications and helps you live a long and active life.

Who should consider chronic care?

Consider chronic care at Primary Care of Venice if you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness like:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Severe allergies

Chronic care provides treatment for mental health conditions as well, including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

What does chronic care involve?

The Primary Care of Venice team takes a patient-centered approach to chronic care management. Even so, most treatment plans include a combination of the following:

Healthy lifestyle changes

Chronic illnesses like diabetes and arthritis can’t be cured, but healthy lifestyle changes can relieve uncomfortable symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Depending on your symptoms and their severity, the team might suggest eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and practicing good sleep hygiene. You might also benefit from mental health care, such as counseling (talk therapy) and/or meditation.  

Preventive medicine

Preventive medicine uses routine screenings and checkups to keep potentially serious health problems from worsening. Because chronic illnesses tend to progress over time, routine preventive medicine checkups are key to your health. 

Tests like bloodwork and urinalysis guide treatment and monitor the success of specific interventions, allowing your provider to make changes when needed. 

Prescription medication

Many people with chronic illnesses take one or more prescription drugs. Even though prescription medications are safe and typically well-tolerated, taking several increases your risk of negative interactions and side effects. The Primary Care of Venice team monitors your prescriptions and adjusts them when needed to ensure optimal results. 

What are the benefits of chronic care management?

Enrolling in chronic care m management at Primary Care of Venice provides a variety of benefits, including:

  • Improved health
  • Reduced healthcare costs
  • Increased mobility
  • Better mood and outlook

Call Primary Care of Venice today to schedule a chronic care appointment, or book your visit online.