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As we age, tasks that were once taken for granted can become daunting. As the adult child of a parent who is aging, routine doctor's appointments are a prime example. As you become a caregiver for an aging loved one, you have an increased responsibility in speaking to their medical professionals. Below are our top tips to help make this transition go more smoothly.

Gather Their Medical Information

Before your aging loved one’s doctor visits, take time to better understand their health and well-being so you can ensure the medical professional has all of the information they need. Start by having a conversation with your loved one about the need for your involvement and your shared goal of keeping them healthy. Write down any concerns or observations that you have had or that your loved one has about their health and make a list of all of their medications. 

Make a List of Questions

Once you have gathered your information, write down any questions that you or your loved ones have for their medical professional, so they don't get forgotten. This is also a good time to make a plan ahead of time for the appointment. Establish with your aging loved one whether they want you to sit in at the doctor with them or if you should talk to the doctor separately.

Fill Out Paperwork in Advance

If your aging loved one consents to having you join the appointment or meeting with their doctor about their health, they should fill out a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) waiver. 

Take Notes

If your aging parent wants you to be informed of their medical information and join their doctor’s visits, take notes during the appointment so that you don’t forget any information. Even if they want to see their doctor one-on-one, you can still keep notes of how they are feeling and what their diet and exercise routine look like to keep track.

As a caregiver, you must balance your responsibility to take care of your aging loved one with the need to maintain their trust. However, it’s important to pay attention and speak up about any concerns or warning signs you are seeing if you are worried about their safety while also reminding your aging loved one that you are on their side. 

Lean on In-Home Care

Non-medical, in-home caregivers are not licensed to give medical attention to your loved one. However, In-home care services can assist your family with routine doctor’s visits by providing transportation services to appointments, helping with medication management, and offering respite care. In-home health caregivers offer assistance with activities of daily living, personal care, and companionship services to keep your loved one safe while they age at home. 

HomeSpark will perform a Home Safety Assessment and craft a personalized care plan based on the needs of your family. Browse our in-home care services or contact us today for a consultation.



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