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Speaking to a Doctor on Your Elderly Loved One’s Behalf

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on October 19, 2015

When an elderly person has difficulty communicating with a doctor, it is sometimes simpler for adult children to obtain the necessary information regarding treatment and care. Though your loved one is encouraged to remain independent when receiving home care in Phoenix, it may be better if you do the talking during the doctor visits.

If your loved one is living with dementia, for instance, he or she may not remember the important information the doctor provides. Even seniors without memory related conditions can have a hard time comprehending or remembering certain details. If the doctor wants to give you advice on your loved one’s condition or treatment instructions, he can do so without worrying you will forget or do not understand the situation.

There may be times when you need to speak to the doctor in private about your loved one’s health. If your loved one is having a difficult time adjusting to caregiving in Phoenix, he or she may become upset about losing any level of independence. To avoid upsetting your loved one, explain that stepping in and being in charge of communication with a doctor is for his or her benefit, and that once you have spoken to the doctor you will go over the results in great detail.

Ask your loved one’s doctor if he or she is available via telephone or email. You can also speak with staff nurses and physician assistants via call-in lines. It is always best to have face-to-face interaction with your loved one’s doctor, especially if your loved one needs to be present for a diagnosis. However, speaking to the doctor via telephone or email can be an efficient way to communicate about the smaller details of your loved one’s health.

A doctor can guide you toward the best means for caring for your loved one, but he or she may need a caregiver in the home to help take care of daily tasks. For trusted senior care, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer live-in and hourly care in Phoenix, and our caregivers are available to assist your loved one with a wide variety of daily tasks, from exercise and transportation to cooking and cleaning. All of our senior care services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, which means you can rest easy knowing your loved one is in good hands. For more information, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 602.388.1085 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.