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Senior Health: What to Do Before Visiting the Doctor

By Lee Nyberg, 9:00 am on

As a Lincoln caregiver or adult child, it is important to communicate effectively with a senior loved one’s physician. Knowing what information to bring with you, what questions to ask, and what the latest treatments are will help ensure your senior relative receives the best care possible.

Make a List of Questions and Concerns

Dealing with medical professionals can sometimes be confusing, and it’s easy to forget specific things you wanted to inquire about once you’re actually there. Before the appointment, arm yourself with a written list of specific concerns and questions about your senior loved one’s health to ensure nothing is overlooked. Insist that the doctor gives you complete and satisfactory answers, and take notes on important information he or she provides.

Educate Yourself

The internet is a wonderful resource for information on conditions, symptoms and treatments, as is your Lincoln senior care provider. Make a detailed list of existing conditions, new symptoms, any previous treatments and their effectiveness, and any new treatments you think your senior loved one might benefit from.

Bring a List of Medications

An up-to-date list of all the medications your elderly loved one is taking is essential, especially if he or she is seeing multiple physicians. When a doctor prescribes a new medicine, present the list and ask if it will interact with any present medicines. Ask again at the pharmacy before the prescription is filled. You’ll also want to be well versed on the potential side effects. If the doctor prescribes a name brand, ask if there is a less expensive generic or comparable medicine if the cost is a concern.

The main goal in talking to your senior’s physician is to get the best and most effective care. Sometimes, it can help to have a professional caregiver present to take notes and ask questions that may not have sprung to mind immediately, especially if your senior loved one has an advanced condition like dementia or Alzheimer’s. Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Lincoln dementia care, has expertly trained caregivers available to help around-the-clock. Give us a call at (402) 261-5158 to speak with a friendly Care Manager for more information.