You’ve decided you should go with your Mom or Dad to their next doctor’s appointment. Maybe you’ve asked about recent appointments and Mom can’t tell you how it went in much detail. Or, maybe you’ve found a note for a follow up test that Dad never did.
Health care is so important to the well-being and continued independence of your older loved one. You want to make the most of your time with these experts, and Mom or Dad doesn’t seem to be able to do it on their own.
The way to get the most out of doctor appointments is to be prepared.
- You don’t want to be bogged down with administrative issues – they are not the reason you are seeing the doctor. Be prepared so administration is taken care of quickly and efficiently.
- Know your loved one’s current physical or medical status – medications, recent issues, complaints, etc.
- Bring lists or documentation with you.
- Prepare your questions for the doctor. It’s OK to bring notes!
We’ve compiled a free check list of 5 Essentials for a Doctor’s Appointment with an Elderly Loved One.
If You are Seeing a Specialist…
You may have specific information to bring. For example:
- Results from any recent tests
- Data your loved one should be tracking at home, such as:
- Blood glucose (sugar) values
- Blood pressure
- Food diary
Preparation before an appointment helps ensure success. It helps you partner with the doctor to support your parent optimally. You want the best for Mom or Dad, and a little preparation goes a long way.
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Do you need help managing the care of an elderly loved one in Kansas City or Overland Park, Kansas or in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, or Staunton Virginia?
Contact us at Care is There Geriatric Care Management for a free consultation: 800.434.1633 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We specialize in geriatric care management, support for independent living, assisted living enhancement, and peace of mind for long distance caregivers. We attend doctor’s appointments with your loved one, too!