Regular medical check-ups and doctors are appointments are extremely important in ensuring the health and wellbeing of seniors and older adults. Yet, simply attending an appointment is not enough. If you provide home care for an elderly family member or loved one, having the following five items at your loved one’s next medical appointment will ensure you make the most of the visit.
- Insurance Cards – Most doctors’ offices require patients to present their insurance cards before they can be seen by a physician. Be sure to bring your loved one’s insurance card with you, especially if there has been a change in provider or coverage.
- List of Medications – A list of your loved one’s medications, including any over the counter drugs, prescriptions and vitamins and supplements, can help ensure that your loved one is taking the right combination of medications. The doctor may also be able to point out possible interactions and information about common side effects.
- Medical Records – Seniors living with age-related conditions such as diabetes may have medical records from other physicians. Bringing these to the appointment can help your loved one’s current doctor track progress with previously prescribed medications or treatment programs and make adjustments if necessary.
- Journal of Symptoms and Questions – During a quick appointment, you may not be able to remember everything you need to ask your relative’s doctor. Keep track of any physical, cognitive or behavioral changes that your loved one exhibits, and bring the journal with this information along with you to the appointment. This can ensure the doctor is aware of any health concerns, and that you get answers to any questions you may have.
- Pen and Paper – While many family members accompany their loved one to medical appointments to ensure that doctor-recommendations are heard and understood, it can be easy to forget what the doctor says. Always bring a pen and paper to jot down notes so you can make sure your loved one is following through with the doctor’s orders when he or she returns home.
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