Medical appointments can be a stressful and sometimes intimidating experience, and having a caregiver join you can help ensure all your questions are being asked, be there to document what the doctor tells you and be alongside you after the appointment to go back through the diagnosis or prognosis and the plan of treatment.
A caregiver is your advocate and plays a vital role in implementing the health care plan that is established at your appointments. They bring a different perspective to appointments and may be able to ask critical questions you may not think of to help ensure you are getting the best possible care and that all concerns and issues have been relayed to the doctor. Communication among the entire health care team is crucial to ensuring a comprehensive health care plan. The length of time you get to spend with doctor’s is often brief so preparing in advance will help make the most of the time you have in the medical office.
Writing down any recent health concerns and symptoms will help you communicate the specifics with the doctor. It is often hard to recall these details quickly, so documenting the specifics of what is occurring, when it happens, the frequency and any other symptoms will ease the anxiety of recalling the details on the spot. Organizing all of your questions in order of importance will also help address your biggest concerns first. Retaining all of the information that your doctor gives you can be a daunting task. Your caregiver will take notes during the appointment so that you can refer back to the information after the appointment. This often includes care instructions, diagnosis or prognosis specifics, medication changes and next steps.
Walking into a doctor’s appointment armed with your notes and having a caregiver by your side will help you feel more comfortable and prepared for the visit. Caregivers by WholeCare is here to help. Call us today at 615-298-9201.