The aging population is at highest risk for age-related illness and disease, meaning an effective medical appointment can mean the difference between identifying a senior’s condition while it’s still treatable and allowing it to become life threatening. If you are concerned about an aging parent or loved one’s health, below are some tips from Home Care Assistance of Denver to help make the most of his or her medical appointments.
- Talk to your loved one before the appointment. People tend to hide inconvenient truths, which includes everything from what they ate last night to how much they weigh. Talk with your loved one and explain that hiding something from their doctor actually hurts them. Illustrate how important it is to trust the doctor. Open and truthful communications will result in more accurate diagnoses of any problem.
- Write down symptoms and problems. You know how easy it is for something to slip your mind, so just imagine how easy it is for your senior loved one to forget a symptom or problem they’ve experienced with their body. Help your senior to document anything they experience. Even something minor like tingling in the left arm can be an early warning sign of something serious like heart disease.
- Accompany your loved one to his or her appointment. A trip to the doctor can be nerve wracking, especially for an aging adult who is concerned about changes in mobility, loss of independence or the possibility of a new health problem. Offer your support by attending the appointment with them to help keep their mind at ease.
- Encourage your loved one to ask questions. Sometimes, doctors use medical jargon without realizing it, describing rather normal changes in health with big words that may cause your loved one anxiety. Encourage your loved one to ask questions if he or she does not understand something. The doctor will be more than happy to answer the question and your loved one can leave the appointment with a full understanding of what is going on in regards to his or her health.
- Help with prescribed treatment plans. Medicines are just as important as physical therapy for helping someone stay healthy. Seniors often forget to take their medicines or fail to follow doctor-recommended exercises and activities. If you are unable to monitor your loved one at home, consider hiring a professional live-in caregiver in Denver who can offer medication reminders, assist with daily activities and personal care and provide companionship.
For more information, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Located in Denver, CO, we are a trusted local provider of in-home senior care. While we are recognized for our 24 hour care services, we also provide flexible hourly and respite care in Denver for seniors on an as-needed basis. Call us at 720-443-3371 for more information or to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Care Manager.