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Elderly Care Tips: Making the Most of Doctor’s Appointments

Elderly Care in Rio Rancho NM

If you are like the vast majority of family caregivers, attending doctor’s appointments with your aging parents is going to be a part of your ongoing elderly care journey with them. Visiting the Elderly-Care-Rio-Rancho-NMdoctor regularly for checkups, well visits, and maintenance of their medical conditions is an important part of maintaining their health and wellness, but in order to get the most out of those visits, you need to know how to approach them effectively.

 

Use these tips to help you make the most of your parents’ doctor’s appointments throughout your elderly care journey with your seniors:

• Have reliable transportation. If you are bringing your parents to their appointment, make sure that you have access to a reliable vehicle. If you are not able to bring your parents, consider hiring an elderly health care services provider to provide reliable transportation so that you know they are safe and that they are going to get to the appointment when they need to.

• Get there on time. Arriving on time for a doctor’s appointment is essential. Running behind can be stressful and may encourage you to rush, which could lead to trips or falls. By getting to the office on time you also ensure that you have the time to fill out any necessary paperwork. If you are going to be late, make sure that you call the office and let them know. Not letting them know could result in them skipping your appointment, which just means more hassle for you to try to make another appointment that will work for your schedule. You should have a goal of arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your parents’ appointment time

• Bring entertainment. Even if you arrive on time for your appointment it is possible that your parents will have to wait for a little while before they actually go in. Avoid restlessness and frustration by making sure that you bring along simple forms of entertainment for your loved ones for while they are waiting. Books, crossword or Sudoku puzzles, seek-and-find projects, or crafts such as crocheting are great for keeping their minds active so that they are not bored and so that you can distract them from any nervousness that they might be having about the appointment

• Ask questions. If your seniors have cognitive limitations that make it so that you should be in the back with them during their appointment, make sure that you are present and engaged throughout the appointment. Turn your phone off and do not do anything other than pay attention to what is happening during the visit. One of the most important things that you can do is ask questions. Make sure that you understand why the doctor is doing each of the tests or exams that he is doing, what his diagnoses mean, and what any symptoms or behaviors you have noticed that have concerned you could mean in the context of their health. Write down the doctor’s answers as well as any other information that he gives you so that you can review it later.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elderly care services in Rio Rancho, NM, please contact the caring staff at CareProviders. Call Us Today (505) 322-6935. Helping Seniors be Safe, Healthy, Connected and Fulfilled.

Ron Baca, Founder and Director

Founder and Director at CareProviders of New Mexico
Ron founded CareProvidersTM New Mexico after several life-changing events lead him to consolidate his professional, academic, and personal caregiving experience into a new transformative in-home care enterprise. Ron learned firsthand with his own family the challenges of navigating today’s health care maze. But it was as primary caregiver to his parents both aging in place until 96 years of age that he realized his past provided the perfect foundation for creating a new kind of in-home care company. Welcome to CareProviders New Mexico!