Going to the doctor may not be all that easy for your aging adult. Difficulties can even make her less likely to go to the doctor when she should, which is a bad idea all the way around. These ideas can help both of you to make sure that everything is covered.
Make a List of Current Medications
One of the most important things you can do is to keep track of your senior’s medications and supplements. You might not realize it, but supplements can have as much of an impact on your senior’s health as prescription medications do. Keeping an accurate list of medications and supplements along with the dosages of each is vital. Update the list any time there’s a change.
Build a List of Questions
When you and your senior are at home, you might find that you have a ton of questions that pop into your head. Under pressure at the doctor’s office, on the other hand, those questions might be impossible to remember. Start a working list of questions that you and your senior have about her health issues.
Determine the Best Way to Capture Information
The same problem that strikes with questions can strike when it comes to remembering what the doctor has to say. Finding an easy way to capture the information that your senior’s doctor shares is absolutely crucial. One of the easiest options is to use an audio recorder or the audio note feature on your smart phone. It’s a good idea to talk to the doctor before using an audio recorder, just to make sure that the doctor is okay with that form of data capture.
If you’re not able to be there with your aging adult, you might both feel more comfortable if she has someone else there with her. Other family members might not be able to go with her, either. Elderly care providers can be the best choice because they understand what your senior might need in terms of mobility assistance and other types of help. They can also help to ensure that she’s comfortable while she’s at the doctor’s office, which can be a concern for both of you.
Preparation can be the best tool that you have when it comes to making your senior’s appointments with her doctor as productive as possible. It might feel weird to be doing “homework” for these appointments, but once you start to experience how much easier these appointments can be, you’ll both be happier about them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Toms River, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.