One of the more important relationships you will need to foster during your caregiving journey is the one with your loved one’s doctor. Having a good working relationship with your loved one’s doctor keeps both of you working toward the same goal of wellness for your loved one.
Learn the Procedures and Routines for the Office
Every medical office has slightly different routines and protocols that you’ll want to learn if you want to navigate that office much more smoothly. For example, some offices might prefer that you let them know in advance if senior care providers will be accompanying your loved one to her appointment while others are fine if you don’t let them know in advance. Some offices may even have a handout that gives you detailed information about their procedures, so go ahead and ask.
Determine if You Can Call a Nurse for Smaller Issues
Some situations don’t necessarily require an appointment with the doctor. Some refills, for example, or even some health questions can be taken care of by a nurse. Determine if that’s the case for your loved one’s situation and make sure that you have the right contact information for the nurse herself.
Make an Appointment for Consultation Time if You Have a Lot of Questions
There may be times that you have more than just a few questions for your loved one. Often a big list of questions are difficult to get into in a regular appointment. One option is to make a consultation appointment with your loved one’s doctor. Then you can take your time and have the doctor’s full attention while you get the information that you need.
Plan Ahead for Appointments
Planning ahead for your loved one’s doctor’s appointments is one of the best ways that you can make the appointment go smoothly on your end. Prepare questions, medications, and your loved one for the entire experience. When the appointment runs smoothly, that helps both you and your loved one’s doctor to accomplish what you need to accomplish in a shorter period of time.
As you get to know your loved one’s doctor better, you’ll find other solutions that work well for all of you.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Phoenix, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (602) 374-5775.
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