Going to the doctor is a fact of life for many seniors, and these frequent appointments can add up for many families. The appointments require transportation, much preparation and focus. However, if you have a home caregiver or are considering getting one, keep in mind that a home caregiver can help with doctors’ appointments in five main ways.
Many older people feel confused and incapable of driving, but they do not want to ask their loved ones to take time out to drive them to appointments. A caregiver provides safe and reliable transportation.
Reasons that a patient might not schedule a doctor’s appointment may include simple forgetfulness, fear and not wanting to go alone. Home caregivers help with all those areas. They keep track of seniors’ schedules and know when an appointment needs to be scheduled. Caregivers also provide emotional and mental support by going to the appointment with the senior.
Seniors and their loved ones are often not in the mindset to take notes during an appointment. For example, they may be upset or may want to focus on what the doctor is saying. A caregiver takes notes for future reference and is familiar with the jargon. She can “translate” it into plainer English.
Serves as a Resource
Caregivers spend significant amounts of time with a patient. Even a caregiver who sees a patient only once a week or less is in a position to gauge the patient’s overall health and progress. A caregiver often notices things that seniors and their loved ones do not, and that information aids in ensuring the proper treatment.
Following the Doctor’s Advice and Medication Schedules
Caregivers help seniors follow the doctor’s advice as regards lifestyle changes and other matters. Medication schedules can get complex, but a caregiver helps simplify them and ensures a senior does not forget to take his medication.