First visit to Mayo: Traveling alone

Posted by Anonymous @anon13903977, Sep 6, 2012

I have a first appt at Mayo Rochester on Oct 1. I am planning to make the trip alone. I am concerned that not having a family member with me might be an issue, especially if I need to be weaned off some of my RX meds. Would like to know your take on this.


You did not mention what location your appointments are at. It might be hard to find an apartment for short term rental in Rochester.

Have you checked Airbnb.



Hello. I am planning to be apatient for 2 months or more. Did You stay in a hotel for a month or find an apartment to stay in?

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@joemae1, Do you know about the free Concierge Services at Mayo Clinic?
The staff at the concierge desk can help with hotel/lodging recommendations, according to your wishes of proximity, price and space requirements. Here is how you can contact them:

* Phone: 507-538-8438
* Live Chat:
* Email:

Even though I have been at Mayo before, I recently used the chat line as I was planning my recent visit. I was happy to chat with a real person who answered my questions.


I would say that Mayo is one of the easiest medical facilities to visit alone. I’ve been going there for 12 years (sometimes alone), and find everyone to be amazingly helpful. Once I was standing outside kind of looking around, and a man asked if he could help me. He not only told me his favorite breakfast place, but he walked me there. I looked up his name later, and he was a neurosurgeon. So I echo another comment that Mayo doctors are much less likely to have oversized egos than doctors elsewhere. It is scary the first time you go alone, but you CAN do it!


Thank you so much! Your encouraging word make me feel better. Will be solo but your words give me more confidence I can do it alone.

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