6 ways we're your senior’s best health advocate at a doctor’s appointment
- Prepare for appointments
Several days prior to your senior’s doctor's appointment, we begin to ask questions about how they are feeling. This knowledge will be helpful during the doctor’s exam, as we can provide information that your senior may have neglected or forgot to tell the doctor.
If your senior has questions, concerns, problems or new symptoms, we will be sure to write them down to discuss during the appointment.
- Take notes
It’s nearly impossible to keep everything the doctor says in your head or remember months later. That’s why it is recommended we take notes during the office visit. Having written notes will be helpful in reporting the doctor's visit results to the family.
- Ask questions until you’re comfortable the answers
When the doctor explains health conditions or answers our questions, we make sure you and your senior understand what was said. We will ask questions until the answers are clear and make sense.
Good general questions we ask are: Can you explain that in more detail? Why are you recommending that specific option? Is this common? How long will it take to resolve?
- Understand treatment options and side effects
Since many seniors are managing multiple, chronic health conditions, it’s important to understand a newly diagnosed health condition, its treatment options and medication side effects.
Key questions we ask about current or future treatments include:
• How will this benefit the patient?
• What are the possible side effects?
• Will this affect their ability to function independently?
• What are the possibilities or consequences if we choose not to do this?
- Ask for a full medication review
While we’re there, we ask the doctor to do a full medication review to ensure your senior should still be taking all their current medications and to see if a new medication might react unfavorably with an existing medication taken.
The fastest, easiest, and most accurate way to prepare for this is to bring the actual bottles of everything – prescriptions, nonprescription drugs, vitamins and even supplements.
- Bring up concerns about costs
We often ask the doctor about easing the treatment costs for your senior. You’d be surprised at what a doctor can offer—from a discounted fee to free prescription samples. Plus, the doctor should be well versed in treatment options and their respective costs, allowing them to recommend the course of treatment that best fits your senior’s medical situation at the lowest cost.
5 QUESTIONS TO ASK THE DOCTOR
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