Wednesday Workshop – Tips for Caregivers During a Doctor’s Appointment
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. One important part of being a caregiver is attending doctor’s appointments and meeting with healthcare professionals with and for your loved one. We hope these tips will help you to be an advocate for your loved one in the doctor’s office.
- Bring a list of questions
With your loved one, create a list of questions you’d like answers to. Start with the most important questions and take notes on what the doctor recommends. Notes will be helpful later and into the future.
- Bring a list of your loved one’s medications
Bring a list of ALL medicines and dietary supplements the person is taking, both prescription and over-the-counter, and include the dosage and schedule. If he or she sees several different doctors, one may not necessarily know what another has prescribed.
- Let your loved one answer questions
When the doctor asks a question, let the person answer unless you have been asked to do so. It’s easy to get into a two-way conversation between the doctor and yourself—try not to do this. Always include both the person you care for and the doctor when you talk.
- Ask for recommendations
There are tons of community resources for patients and caregivers you may be missing out on. Ask the doctor if he/she knows of any helpful resources for your loved one that you could look into.
Finally, if you live out-of-town and are a long-distance caregiver, then talk to your loved one’s doctor about how you can keep up to date on the patient’s health.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.