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5 Questions Family Caregivers Should Ask the Doctor

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

As part of your caregiving duties, you may have to take your loved one on all medical checkups and doctor’s appointments. Discussions with your loved one’s doctor can help you understand his or her health better and explore new treatment and caregiving options. Colorado Springs elderly home care professionals suggest 5 important questions you can ask your senior loved one’s doctor.

1. What Side Effects Should I Expect?

Whenever a senior begins taking new medications or has a procedure carried out, his or her caregiver must be ready for undesirable effects. Although sleepiness and nausea are common side effects in seniors, they can be scary when you are not expecting them. If your loved one starts showing any uncommon side effect, you must schedule an immediate appointment with his or her doctor.

2. How Should My Loved One Take His or Her Medication?

Medications must be taken in very specific ways to be effective. Your loved one might need to take a pill just before he or she goes to bed, or with a large meal. Some medications will require the senior to give up alcohol or drink extra water throughout the day to prevent kidney damage.

3. What Exercises Would You Recommend?

Seniors should try to get as much exercise as possible to avoid medical complications such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Those with limited mobility or dexterity might need to alter their exercises to prevent serious injuries. The doctor should be able to give you a list of safe and effective physical activities and hobbies for your loved one. 

4. Should I Expect Any Changes in the Next Few Months?

The doctor can give you a better idea of what to expect in the coming months and years, especially important if he or she has recently prescribed a new medication for your loved one. As a caregiver, you may need to make certain changes to your home such as adding ramps or installing safety bars.

5. When Is the Next Appointment?

Even if seniors claim they feel great, they still need to see their doctor at least once a year. Seniors with serious health complications may need to see their doctor as often as once every two to three months. Make sure to schedule your loved one’s next appointment so that you do not forget later on.

Professional caregivers at Home Care Assistance help ensure your loved one takes medications on time and consults his or her doctor regularly. We provide transportation for appointments and medication reminders to promote physical and cognitive health and wellbeing in seniors. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, dementia, or Parkinson’s and needs assistance with his or her daily activities, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (719) 822-1229 and hire a reliable live-in caregiver in Colorado Springs today.

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