What to be aware of when taking your Loved One to the Doctor

 As you know, doctors can be very busy, hurried and stressed themselves.  I think it is always best for a caregiver to be prepared when taking a loved one to the doctor.  Here are a few suggestions for you to consider prior to your next visit: 

Tips for Caregivers Going to HealthCare Professionals/Family Physicians: 

1.  Know to the best of your knowledge what the loved one's medical condition is prior to a doctor visit. 

2.  Be supportive when the doctor's willing to help, and saying "thank you" may mean a whole lot more than expected. 

3.  Be honest with your concerns and open with your questions, and understand that not every question has an easy response. 

4.  Know the intricacies at the doctor's office and/or hospital in case of emergency.  If your loved one is capable of acting out, be prepared for that and let the staff know of your concerns up front. 

5.  Some doctors offer consultation appointments that allow a sit-down setting with the doctor to discuss all the issues and concerns.  Ask the office if this service is available for you to be able to discuss issues you may have with your husband’s diagnosis. 

6.  Try to keep emotions in check and remember a doctor is there to help as best they can. 

7.  It is always good to write down any questions ahead of time 

I especially like the last suggestion.  Keep good notes about your loved one and his/her condition especially if there are any changes.  The more information your provider has, the better he/she will be able to assist in your care. Consider keeping a journal.  

Another helpful hint if your loved one has dementia is to take him/her to the doctor when loved one is not necessarily at his/her best.  That way, the physician can see what the more difficult behaviors might be.   

I hope that gives you some extra ideas for your next visit to your PCP (primary care physician).  Take care..Regina