We are proud to offer Telehealth for all counseling, consultation and non-DOT evaluation appointments. DOT-SAP evaluations may be done via telehealth currently.
Advantages of telehealth
No Transportation Time or Costs
When you see your counselor or therapist on your mobile device or computer, you can save money on gas, parking, and public transportation. Even better, you don’t waste time traveling or risk running into a traffic jam that makes you late for your appointment, or worse, late getting back to work.
No Need to Take Time Off of Work
Speaking of work, video visits largely remove the need to take time off. You can simply schedule your visit during a break, or before or after work. You can be anywhere that there is sufficient privacy. You can comply with your counselor’s follow-up instructions and maintain your recovery plan without missing a day of work or wasting your precious paid time off.
Eliminate Child or Elder Care Issues
Many of us have the responsibility for caring for children or older adults. Finding alternative care so that you can see your counselor can be difficult and expensive. Bringing them along can be stressful or impractical. Fortunately, telehealth solves this challenge by allowing you to see your counselor while upholding your family responsibilities.
More and more counselors and therapist’s practices are offering telehealth these days, so there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to see your regular doctor via video. If you can’t but still need remote access to care, there are a number of online-only, on-demand options on the market today. American River Wellness currently uses Doxy.me as a telehealth platform.
Access to Counseling
Some clients who need the access to a counselor must drive long distances and invest a lot of time for each visit. Telehealth makes it possible for you and your counselor to have the convenience of meeting while you are home or at any private location.
Less Chance of Catching an Illness
Where can you be sure to find a lot of sick people? At the doctor’s office of course. While everyone does their best to prevent one patient from catching something from another, it is always possible, especially in crowded waiting rooms. By staying home, you get the care you need while avoiding the risk of exposure and the chance that you’ll pass your illness on to someone else.
Less Time in the Waiting Room
If you choose a visit via telehealth technology, you’ll eliminate all that time spent looking at old magazines in a doctor’s office. Even if you don’t use telemedicine, choosing a practice that offers it will reduce your wait time by letting other patients be seen from home.