The average time a doctor waits before interrupting a patient is 18 seconds, according to the National Institute on Aging. Effective doctor-patient communication is important for receiving quality health care, but it can be challenging for older adults to obtain, communicate, process, and understand health information. To ensure that your aging parent maintains confidence and receives quality care during their medical appointment, follow these four tips provided by the National Institute on Aging:
List and prioritize concerns. Encourage your senior parent to make a list of what they want to discuss with their doctor, prioritizing most important items first. Your senior parent should share these concerns at the beginning of the appointment to ensure that their questions are addressed. Your senior parent should provide their doctor with an update on any health changes, such as changes in appetite, weight, sleep, energy levels, and medications.
Take information to the appointment. Suggest that your senior parent bring a list of all prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements to the appointment. Also remind your senior parent to bring their insurance cards, medical records, and names of their other physicians and specialists to the appointment.
Ensure you can see and hear during the appointment. Remind your senior parent to bring their eyeglasses to the doctor’s visit and ensure that their hearing aid is working properly. It’s important that your senior parent can read and hear their physician’s notes, instructions, and referrals.
Bring a family member, friend, or professional caregiver. Family members, friends, and professional caregivers can help act as an advocate for your senior parent at their doctor’s appointment by listening to instructions, reminding your senior parent to ask specific questions, and taking notes. If you’re unable to attend your aging parent’s appointment, call SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, or Anaheim Hills. SYNERGY HomeCare’s highly trained and skilled in-home caregivers can help your senior parent schedule and drive to doctor’s appointments, accompany your parent to their appointments, help your parent follow their doctor’s orders, and report information to family members and guardians. SYNERGY HomeCare also provides a wide range of home care services tailored to your family’s needs. SYNERGY HomeCare’s services include:
- Personal assistance care: Help with bathing, showering, using the restroom, getting in and out of bed, using wheelchairs, etc.
- Errands and transportation services: Driving to the doctor’s office, picking up prescriptions, going grocery shopping, managing medications, etc.
- Meal assistance: Complete and nutritious meal planning, preparing, and cleanup.
- Light housekeeping: Assistance with laundry, ironing, changing linens, kitchen/bathroom cleaning and organizing, etc.
- Companionship: Encouraging friendly and supportive conversation, active thinking (structuring pastimes, hobbies, and games), light exercise, etc.
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside
SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at http://www.synergyhomecare.com/agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected]