One of the scariest things about growing up is your parents growing old. As uncomfortable a truth as this may be, it happens to all. From being cared for to becoming a caregiver, this transition is one of the toughest in life, emotionally that is.
Do you remember the moment when you suddenly realised old age had crept up on your parents?
It was two years ago when I watched them get admitted to a hospital. They were both sick, needed invasive procedures and operations. In all probability, that was one of the toughest phases of my life.
Around that time, I realised another undeniable fact, that they have to be under treatment, probably taking medicines every day with doses varying based on periodic test results. Trips to diagnostic centers and laboratories were to become more regular now, for ongoing treatments and also to prevent any surprises that may come along the way.
As children, especially as grownup children, you want to do everything possible to help your parents. I do too. But I live in a different city from them. And that's why everytime they need to go get tests done, I feel helpless.
Driving up to the diagnostic center for tests and then for results, not something I like to see them doing alone. On top of that, there's no surety if the laboratory is any good or doing the tests right.
But what can you do?
I was looking for the answer to this very question when I heard about Thyrocare. And I cannot even begin to tell you how relieved I was.
Thyrocare is India's first totally automated laboratory with its presence in over 2000 cities and towns across the country and outside. In fact, it is the world's largest Thyroid and Preventive health care laboratory and offering healthcare packages called Aarogyam profiles.
All you need to do is select the package or test prescribed for you, book it through their website by providing details and the samples would be collected from your home. And their website is the not the only way to book. You could call, email or WhatsApp to Thyrocare. You could also download their app. Once the booking is done, their collection department collects the sample after coordinating the timing with you. So convenient, isn't it, especially for the elderly?
And not only that, they have a system in place which ensures a turnaround time of 4 to 8 hours of processing the samples, 24X7. The results are then emailed to you within 48 hours and if you need a hard copy, that is provided too with an additional payment of just Rs. 30/-.
I think for people like me who stay away from their aging parents this comes as a lifesaver. I can book the tests online and my parents don't even have to go out of the house if they don't want to.
Infact, this can also be helpful for pregnant women too. I remember doing several tests during my pregnancy last year to monitor my thyroid and enzyme levels. Had I known about Thyrocare then, they would have been my first choice.
Thyrocare - Diagnostics at your doorstep. How convenient, isn't it?
But it's not only the convenience which works in favour of Thyrocare. One of the things about diagnostic centers in the country today is that they look upon patients only as the means to earn money. The prices are ridiculous and services over priced. Thyrocare, on the other hand, provides quality service with the assurity of speed and accuracy at affordable prices.
They also have a comprehensive test menu with over 200 tests to choose from, designed with an eye towards sick and preventive care across age groups. And in all this, keeping it cost effective and within reach of customers is a prime aspect too. Another feather in its cap, if you ask me.
They offer packages called Aarogyam packages where you can choose from. To start with, there is a Mini Aarogyam package which costs only Rs. 600 and has 33 different tests in it. I haven't found any diagnostic center which provides this kind of a package. Have you? These Aarogyam packages range from Rs.600 to Rs. 2200/- and bundle a variety of tests.
If that doesn't get your attention then here is a set of trivia for you. Thyrocare is one of the first Indian diagnostic laboratories to obtain internationally renowned quality accreditations like ISO 9001-2000 rating as early as 2001. They now hold ISO 9001-2008, NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) in 2005 and CAP (College of American Pathologists) certification in 2007.
I'm so influenced by what I have found out about Thyrocare that I'm planning to get all tests for my family done through them, sick or preventive, whenever feasible, that is.
You can find out more about them here.
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