How to Prepare for a Senior Loved One's Doctor Appointment

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Preparing for a Loved One’s Doctor Appointment

By Carolina Orosa, 8:00 am on

Caregivers who are responsible for making sure that their senior loved ones attend their medical appointments can prepare in advance to ensure that each visit is productive. Following a few simple guidelines before each appointment can help make sure that important details are not forgotten.

Updating the Medication List

Home Care Assistance of Vancouver encourages family caregivers to regularly review their loved one’s medication list to be sure that it is accurate and up-to-date. Important information should include:

  • Allergies
  • Prescription names
  • Dosages and frequency
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Herbal supplements
  • Over-the-counter remedies

Compose a List of Questions

A great idea for family members is to keep a running list of questions that they need to ask the doctor at the next appointment. The list can be stored on the primary caregiver’s phone or on a piece of paper kept in a prominent place in the home such as on the refrigerator. Getting other relatives involved in the process can help because they may bring up concerns that may not otherwise have been thought of.

Strategize Before the Trip

Transporting an older adult who has decreased mobility and other health problems can become quite an undertaking. Provisions may need to be made for the patient’s walker, wheelchair, oxygen tank, incontinence supplies or other equipment. Helping the older adult dress in comfortable clothing that is easy to remove will also facilitate the examination process. If you are unable to attend a medical appointment with your loved one, arrange for an hourly caregiver in Vancouver to provide transportation, accompaniment and/or help at home.

Be Prepared for New Information

Taking notes during the office visit can help caregivers ensure that they remember the instructions that the medical staff has given them. Medication and therapy regimens can sometimes involve multiple steps, and writing down specific details will help make sure that new instructions are followed accurately.

Have other questions about ensuring a senior loved one’s health? Reach out to Home Care Assistance of Vancouver today and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly and experienced Case Manager. Call 778-279-3634 – we’re here to help 24/7.