As our parents age there will come a time when it’s a good idea to tag along when they go to the doctor. Frequently, we don’t realize there’s a problem until they can’t tell us what happened at their last visit. Maybe they’re not sure how to take the new prescription or perhaps they forgot they had a scheduled appointment for their annual check up. It becomes clear that a second set of ears would be helpful—that’s where you come in. There are things you can do to make sure the visit is less stressful and more productive.
*Bring a list of all the medications your loved one is taking, including over the counter drugs and any other vitamins or supplements. Include how often they’re taken.
*Be sure you’re up to date on your senior’s medical history. What chronic conditions like hypertension or diabetes do they have? Have there been any surgeries and what were their outcomes?
*Be clear about the purpose of the current visit. If there’s a health problem make the doctor aware of the symptoms, when they started, and does anything your loved one does make them better or worse? Have this conversation with your senior before you get to the doctor’s office.
*Pay attention to what the doctor is saying—-remember, you are providing a second set of ears. Be sure to ask questions and request further clarifications about the diagnosis, treatment options and what can be expected down the line. No question is too ridiculous if it helps you and your loved one understand what’s going on.
*Encourage your loved one not to be embarrassed or afraid to talk openly to the doctor. The more honest information he receives, the more readily he can help with proper treatment.
Helping with your loved one’s doctor appointment is all about communication and information. Keeping a log will help tremendously as your senior ages and health declines. The goal is to help your loved ones care for their health in a less stressful and more organized manner. Do you have any other tips that work for you? Please share below and visit us at http://www.trilliumhomecare.com