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How to Prepare for a Medical Appointment

Family caregivers to seniors often spend a lot of time scheduling medical appointments and taking the senior to them.
Because you spend so much time on medical appointments, it’s important that you get the most out of them. In addition, you want them to go as smoothly as possible. The best way to accomplish both of these goals is for caregivers to help seniors prepare for their medical appointments ahead of time. Below are some tips to help you prepare.

 

Home Care in Saratoga Springs UT: Prepare for a Medical Appointment

Home Care in Saratoga Springs UT: Prepare for a Medical Appointment

 

Make a List Before You Go

Seeing a doctor can be a little stressful. It may cause seniors and caregivers to forget some of the things they wanted to talk to the doctor about. To make sure all your concerns are addressed, write them down before you go. Include symptoms you’ve noticed, things that worry you, and any questions you have. Don’t be embarrassed to pull out the list during the appointment. The doctor will probably appreciate your thoroughness and organization, which can make caring for your older family member easier for them as well.

 

Take Important Items Along

There are some things that caregivers should make sure seniors have when they leave for an appointment, particularly if they are seeing a new doctor for the first time. Some important items to have are:

  • The senior’s insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid card as well as their picture ID.
  • A current list of all medications the senior is taking, including supplements and over the counter medications.
  • A list of the senior’s allergies.
  • Past medical records or a list of doctors the senior has seen in the previous two years.
  • Information about the senior’s family medical history.
  • The senior’s glasses and hearing aids, which will help the senior to better understand the doctor’s advice.
  • Take Notes

 

Bring a notebook along and take some notes during the visit.

This will help you remember the instructions given by the doctor. In addition, it can help you to keep track of the older adult’s health and be used to give new medical providers a more complete medical history.

  • Bring Something to Do
  • As a caregiver, you may spend a lot of time sitting in waiting rooms. That can get boring. Bring some things along for both you and the senior to do while you wait. Here are some suggestions:
  • Reading materials, such as books and magazines.
  • Crossword puzzle or word search books.
  • Smartphones or tablets.
  • A snack, unless the senior is having tasks that require fasting.
  • A portable handicraft, like knitting or crocheting.

Are you or a loved one considering hiring Home Care in Saratoga Springs, UT? Please talk to the friendly staff at December Rose Senior Care at Home. Providing Home Care in Highland, Utah and Surrounding Communities. 801-427-ROSE (7673)

Sources

https://www.nia.nih.gov/

https://www.verywellhealth.com/

https://www.webmd.com

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Alan and Stephanie Jones, Owners

December Rose Senior Care is a local in-home care agency owned and operated by Alan and Stephanie Jones in Highland, Utah. While both Alan and Stephanie bring professional and practical experience to their business, it has been the fulfilling and educational aspects of assisting their parents through the aging process as well as raising their five children that encouraged them to start a personal care agency. In particular it was the humbling experience of caring for a special needs son and moving a parent from in-home care to assisted living that helped them realize there are many families who are caring for loved ones that need help. Their desire is to combine these experiences with over twenty years of medical sales and marketing, eleven years working with senior and elder populations among our Veterans and Native Americans, serving on multiple school boards and local legislative roles, to develop in-home care that exceeds expectations and honors seniors as the foundation of this country.
In their spare time, Alan and Stephanie are all about family and enjoy So. California beach vacations, watching their children’s sporting events, reading, participating in church and community activities, watching favorite shows together, participating in Boy Scouts, running and yoga.