Tips for Communicating with Your Parent’s Medical Team during Effective Communications Month

In your role as a family caregiver, communication is one of the most important tools that you will use throughout your care journey to engage with your parent and ensure that they are getting the level of care that they need. While you will need to communicate effectively with your parent and your family, it is also critical that you communicate with your elderly loved one’s medical team. This helps you to stay informed and ensure that you are giving them the highest quality care you can.

Caregiver Fairport NY - Tips for Communicating with Your Parent’s Medical Team during Effective Communications Month

Caregiver Fairport NY – Tips for Communicating with Your Parent’s Medical Team during Effective Communications Month

Use these tips to communicate effectively with your parent’s medical team during Effective Communications Month and throughout the rest of your caregiving journey with them:

• Give them as much information as possible. You can be a valuable source of information for your parent’s doctor. Sometimes the behaviors, symptoms, and issues that are not showing up when your parent is in the doctor’s office are the things that are the most influential. Telling them about these things can help to give a fuller view of what your parent is facing.

• Ask questions. Be willing to engage with the doctor by asking questions. If you do not understand something that they have said, need more information, or feel that there has been a misunderstanding or some confusion about something, do not hesitate to ask a question. This will provide you with what you need to know to ensure you are a meaningful and beneficial part of your parent’s ongoing care.

• Do not make assumptions. Going into a meeting or appointment with your parent’s doctor do not assume that you know what they are going through or what they need. Even if you have done extensive research or have a list of symptoms and challenges that you believe you have interpreted correctly, it is important to keep in mind that you do not have the full picture to really know what is happening. Having too strong of an assumption can prevent you from fully interpreting what the doctor has to say to you and getting the true benefit from the communication. Give them the full information that you have, but leave it to them to draw the conclusions.

If you have realized that the challenges of caring for your elderly parent during their later years have become too extensive for you to handle effectively, your abilities or availability have changed, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diverse care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider home care for them.

Hiring a caregiver to be in the home with your senior loved one can not only help them to live a higher quality of life as they age in place, but can also be a tremendous source of stress relief and peace of mind for you. A caregiver service can handle tasks that you are not able to handle, that you or your parent are not comfortable with you handling, or that need specific efforts to handle effectively. They can also be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that even if you live at a distance or are unable to be with your parent as often as you would want to be, you know that your loved one is getting everything that they need.

For many elderly adults, one of the most meaningful services that a caregiver provider offers is companionship. This support and ongoing company gives your parent a boost in their mental and emotional health and helps them to find more fulfillment in their later years.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Fairport NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)