4 Ways to Entertain Your Kids on Road Trips

So you have done your homework. You have considered the needs of your children and family, and you have bought the perfect family vehicle. And with the summer right around the corner, you are now ready for a road trip. Not so fast! Anyone who has ever driven extensively with children will know how important it is to keep them entertained throughout the drive. Not only will your children appreciate this, but doing so will also make driving much easier. Nothing says distraction quite like a bored child stirring up some fun on his own. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some strategies you can use to ensure that your children enjoy the journey as much as they do the destination.

Fun and Appropriate Apps 

It is 2018. As uncomfortable as it might make some folks, most kids these days have their own smartphones and tablets. These devices were quite literally made to provide entertainment in any location, so why not take advantage of this ability? Before you hit the road, browse around the app store and take a look at any fun (and educational, if you are ambitious) apps that might satiate your child’s need for fun. Simple yet strategic games like Doodle Jump provide fun for all ages, while more familiar titles such as Taboo (adapted to iPhone of course) allow other passengers to jump in on the fun. Your phones are there to entertain you. A little preparation can ensure that they succeed in this.

Your Old CD Collection 

Depending on the age of your children, it is likely that they have never even seen a compact disc, let alone owned one. Luckily, most cars still come from the manufacturer with a built in CD player. If you are looking for a way to bond as a family, then look no further than your old collection of CD’s. Sure, you might have to dust them off from the attic, but few things can bring together a family quite like a song. This can also be a great opportunity for you to share an old favorite artist with your children, educating them on musical history and creating a new singalong tradition in the process.

License Plate Lingo 

This game is an old one, and like the best games out there, it is so simple that a four year old could play it. To play, you examine the license plate of a nearby car and attempt to explain the significance of each random letter. For example, IVC could possibly stand for “Igloo Vacuum Cleaner” (not the best answer in the world, but you get the gist). The winner is whoever can come up with the most ridiculous acronym, and trust me, you will be amazed by the ridiculous things your children are able to come up with.

A Movie 

When all else fails, pop a favorite DVD into the player, and let the film do the rest of the work. Sure, this might seem like an obvious idea, but sometimes the best solutions are the most obvious.

Why it is Important to Track Patient Satisfaction

There are many reasons to collect patient information when you run any type of medical practice and we asked the owner of Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine for her thoughts on the subject. This article explains how the patient satisfaction survey may be used to ensure that all interactions are cataloged and used to improve your business. Someone who starts tracking patient satisfaction will be much more pleased with how the business functions

#1: Why Track Patient Satisfaction?

Patient surveys can help you identify ways of improving your practice. Ultimately, that translates into better care and happier patients. It also shows your patients that you are interested in providing quality care and demonstrates that you are continuously looking for ways to improve. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA),  Medicare reimbursements are tied to patient satisfaction scores. That means patient satisfaction should be a priority to healthcare practitioners. With patient satisfaction surveys, your business will improve quite a lot once you have seen reviews that guide your future policies.

#2: How Do You Track Patient Satisfaction?

The most common approach for conducting patient satisfaction surveys is through questionnaires. Patients can be asked to do this in-office or by sending them an email where they can fill out the survey at their convenience. There are many companies available that can help you organize, send and track your patient surveys.

#3: Key Questions To Ask

You must ensure that you have asked questions that tell you what the patients have experienced in their interactions with the staff and physician. The most common topics covered in surveys are quality of care, confidence in providers, and appointment experience. You may ask patients to leave general feedback, and you may ask them to share what they believe you could do better. As a Chiropractor in Summerville, Dr. Heather Lambert says that there is one question that provides the most valuable feedback is “Would you recommend our practice to a family member or friend?”

#4: How Do You Reverse Negative Feedback?

In a recent consumer survey from HelpScout, it was reported that for every customer who bothered to complain, 26 other customers remained silent. If you ignore negative reviews it may suggest indifference to patient satisfaction on your part. Be sure to reach out to the unsatisfied patient and not to take negative reviews personally. Keep your responses professional, calm and honest. A quick apology and correction will make your patients happy, and you will recover your image much faster. Simply being prompt in your response can make a big difference in the way your prospective patients perceive your practice.

#5: How Does This Help The Bottom Line?

Your bottom line must be managed carefully to ensure that you are making money every day. Implementing patient surveys identifies the strengths and weaknesses within your practice and should be part of an ongoing effort to improve patient satisfaction. In fact, the accumulated results can influence reimbursement from insurance companies. Therefore, it’s important to recognize that the patient experience is about more than the medical care. A patient notices every aspect of the facility from the time they arrive to when they leave. As a provider it is your responsibility they receive the best in every aspect of their visit.