One of the harder aspects of having an aging parent is seeing their health and mobility change. Your dad tells you he's fine. His doctor said he's fine, but you've noticed after taking his blood pressure medication that he stumbles often. You're afraid he'll fall.
Maybe you've noticed he's not eating as he should. He's skipping meals, relying heavily on frozen pizzas, and chain drinking soda. You're trying to change that, but he's argumentative and tells you his doctor isn't worried, so you should stop.
When you have concerns that your dad is dismissing, how do you address them with his doctor? These are the steps to talk.
Ask if There Are Permissions in Place
Start by calling his doctor's office. Ask if you're listed on the HIPAA form. If the doctor cannot discuss his medical file with you, you're not going to get far.
At this point, you need to talk to your dad about giving you permission. A medical power of attorney is the other option. It's important for several reasons. One of the biggest is that if something happens and your dad cannot convey his wishes about life-saving measures like ventilators and ventilators, the doctor or courts might decide for him.
Attend His Appointments When Possible
On days your dad has a doctor's appointment, ask to go with him. You can wait outside while tests are run, but you should sit in during the question and answer portion of his appointment. Ask questions that you think your dad is avoiding.
Read Information on His Medications
Research the side effects and contraindications on any medications he's prescribed. Ask why they're important. Look at photos of the medication online and what the proper dosage is. Compare that to the pills he's given at the pharmacy and the dosage on the label. I
If you notice the pills or dosages differ from the norm, ask why. Mistakes do happen. It's better to ask than having your dad taking the wrong pill or wrong dosage.
Find Out if It's Time for Help
There may be things your dad needs help with at home. Medication reminders, meal preparation, transportation, and assistance with exercise routines are all things caregivers can help with.
If his doctor recommends home care services, make a call. Talk to an agency about pricing and caregiver services available in your dad's town. Involve your dad so that he feels that he's part of the decision making. Talk to a specialist today.
If you or an aging loved one is considering caregivers in Columbus, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare Billings today at 406-839-2390.