At CaraVita Home Care, we understand the importance of having the most exceptional health care possible. Figuring out the most viable health care option can be overwhelming, especially for seniors dealing with doctor appointments alone. Getting involved in an elderly loved one’s health care shows support and increases their overall health. It is okay if you don’t know all of your loved one's medical conditions; you’ll learn more while researching the best care options for them over time.
Schedule Ahead of Time
Weeks before any appointments, it is important to communicate with your loved one about any medical conditions if anything has been disturbing them and find out how they’ve been feeling.
Remember to speak with them while they are comfortable and have plenty of time to think about what’s bothering them. It is important to remember to grab a notepad and jot down what is said so that nothing is forgotten allowing you and the loved one to make the most of the visit. Schedule any appointments conveniently for the senior in your life. You wouldn’t want to schedule anything at times of the day that are known times of fatigue for them.
Write It Down
It’s nearly impossible to remember everything we are supposed to without some sort of reminder. In addition to talking to a loved one, be sure to note any changes, new symptoms, and possible concerns that you may have for a loved one. Walk through the doctor’s office door prepared and ready to discuss all concerns. Throughout the appointment, take notes to better help the senior in your life understand the doctor and why specific changes were made.
It’s likely your loved one is on current medications, and with any doctor visit, there is always a possibility of a new prescription. Prescriptions will expire and this may be potentially dangerous, so you should keep all current medications under control and review them regularly. If you find any medicines that are expired while reviewing, you should dispose of them safely. Before any new prescriptions are written, always inform the doctor if your loved one is currently on any medications, supplements, and even over-the-counter drugs.
Remember your loved one could be going through extensive testing and may sometimes face a serious diagnosis. Take the time to thoroughly explain their health treatments, conditions, and why it’s crucial to follow doctors’ advice. Being supportive of them makes all the difference as it can be very emotional for the senior in your life. It can be stressful enough being an advocate and dealing with the numerous tasks involved with it. Try to stay positive and sympathetic to your loved one, regardless of the situation.
Visiting a physician can be daunting and exhausting for some senior citizens. Most seniors aren’t fully able to understand what the doctor is talking about, aren’t comfortable asking questions themselves, and may insist on treatments not best for them. This can easily discourage your loved one and make them feel like they aren’t independent enough to handle tasks they once could, but with your help, they can stay positive about their life!
If you would like to help to care for a loved one take our online care assessment to determine the type of care that is best for you and the senior in your life!