Loss of hearing, struggles with focus, and fear of the unknown all impact how well seniors communicate with their doctors. If you worry about your mom understanding all her doctor tells her, join her for her next appointment. You can also discuss anything you’ve seen that your mom may not think to tell her doctor.
Having a well-rounded discussion about your mom’s health ensures she gets the senior care she needs. Here are the steps to take to make sure your mom lets you go to her next doctor’s visit.
Talk to Your Mom Before Scheduling the Appointment
Without your mom’s permission, you’re not about to go to the appointment with her. You need to ask. She may welcome your company. She might not be as accommodating.
If she does agree to let you join her, you need to talk to the office about HIPAA permissions. If you’re already set up with permissions to discuss her medical records, you’re all set. If she hasn’t yet, she needs to fill out that paperwork before you’re allowed in the exam room. It’s easier to do that paperwork prior to the appointment day.
Bring a List of Questions
Compile a list of questions you have for your mom’s doctor. If you’ve heard her asking specific things, jot those questions down, too. She may want to know if there’s a better time of day to take her medications. You should also ask about foods, beverages, or over-the-counter medications that should not be taken with her prescription pills.
If you’ve noticed anything concerning, such as dizziness when standing up, talk to the doctor. It might be nothing, but it could be a sign of blood pressure issues or an ear infection. Agitation can be a sign of depression or urinary tract infection. It’s better to ask and have things ruled out than wait until it’s too late.
Your mom may have complaints about her health that she doesn’t know how to bring up to her doctor. You can mention them. If your mom has complained about joint pain in the hips and doesn’t say anything, you can advocate for her.
Ask if Senior Care Services Might Help
Your mom’s doctor will have insight into the need for caregivers. She may be fine living on her own. Her doctor will know if a condition like rheumatoid arthritis or Alzheimer’s is getting to a point wheresenior home care would help her age at home.
If senior care services are recommended, help her find the right caregivers for her needs. Talk to senior care agencies about the range of services in her area. You can get prices and learn more about scheduling, too. Call our agency now and get started.
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