Routine doctor visits are extremely important for seniors to ensure overall health and to reduce the risk for advanced conditions in the future. In addition to attending scheduled appointments, it is important that seniors do everything they can to get the most out of their visit. As a leading provider of home care Palm Beach County medical professionals trust, we wanted to share a list of the top 3 things that all seniors should bring with them to doctor appointments.
- Trusted companion. Going to the doctor, even if only for a routine check-up, can sometimes be nerve wracking for a senior. Bringing someone you trust can help alleviate fears and concerns, and they can also help record important information told to you by the doctor. If you feel uncomfortable going with a friend or family member, professional caregivers are a great option. Experienced and compassionate by nature, they are also trained in how to appropriately communicate with medical professionals and those involved with your care. Interested? Learn more about hourly care for seniors in Palm Beach County.
- Written list of concerns and questions. Make a list of things you want to discuss whether it is a new symptom you’re concerned about or you have a question about the flu shot. After you’ve compiled a list of questions, prioritize them in order of importance. This way, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you won’t forget your questions. With a written and prioritized list in hand, you’ll also be able to get the things that are really on your mind addressed immediately. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your doctor is a resource and is there to provide you with whatever assistance you need.
- Personal calendar. It’s common for doctors to request follow-up appointments. While you may be given a reminder card after scheduling the next visit, it’s also good to write it down in your personal calendar. If you are a family caregiver, this is especially important as your schedule is likely filled with a handful of things from carpool schedules to your next work meeting. Being able to set something in writing helps you stay organized (whether you are a senior or caregiver) and increases the chance of attending a future appointment.
If you are visiting a doctor or specialist for the first time, you should also bring your insurance card, any record of labs or test results that might be of importance, and a list of the current medications you are taking in case something else needs to be prescribed to you during the appointment. This will help ensure the doctor provides you with something that won’t have adverse interactions with your current medication regimen.
Have other questions about senior care? Contact a devoted Home Care Assistance Care Manager today at 561-429-8292. We will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and can further discuss our care options which include everything from part time care to advanced in-home dementia care in Palm Beach County. If you would like to further discuss your needs or the needs of an aging loved one, we also offer complimentary no obligation consultations that take place in the comfort of your own home.