Stress-Busting Doctor’s Visits with Senior Care in Michigan
On average, older adults in Michigan spend 17 days in a hospital or healthcare setting each year.
Given how frequently your loved one may need to visit the doctor, it’s important to develop some strategies to help manage stress and keep your loved one safe.
To that end, the AARP recently published a start-to-finish guide for “medical visit companions” that you can use to eliminate stress and simplify your next appointment.
Today’s post builds off that handy list to highlight how our senior care service in Clinton Township, Michigan busts stress while also improving your aging parent’s safety and comfort .
Before your Loved one Visits the Doctor:
- “Try to schedule doctor’s visits for times when you and your family member have the most energy and are not distracted.” Scheduling your visits around your loved one’s preferences and peak energy levels will help the entire visit go much smoother. Of course, if you’re acting as “medical visit companion,” you’ll also need to work around schedule. Ideally, book well before or after your other schedule daily duties–doctor’s appointments can be stressful enough without watching the clock or launching into a panic in response to waiting room delays.Our senior care team simplifies this important step in a number of ways. First, we can help you pinpoint the perfect time to schedule your loved one’s doctors visits. Since we already spend hours each week overseeing your loved one’s care and assisting them with their daily routine, our senior care team can help you determine when in the day your aging parent has the most focus and energy. Additionally, if you’re struggling to find an opening in your busy schedule, we can also stand in as “medical visit companions.”
- “Know the medicines your family members take.” Your doctor will need to know about all prescriptions, herbal remedies, creams, supplements, and other over-the-counter medicines your loved one is currently using. Make a list of these medications or bring them with you.Again, our senior care team can help. Since we already provide all-day medication management service, chances are that your senior care team is already up to speed on your aging parent’s medicines. One of our senior care team members will be happy to carry your loved ones medicine or copy all their names down for your physician to review.
During the Doctor Visit:
- “Notice your family member’s verbal and nonverbal cues.” Watch for any body language that indicates discomfort, like avoiding eye contact or pursing the lips angrily. Your loved one may not express their disagreement or discomfort for fear of upsetting the doctor. Minding these subtle cues can help you pinpoint and address any issues before the next visit.If you need respite but don’t want to compromise your loved one’s comfort at the doctor’s office, our senior care team can help. We will happily sit in on your loved one’s next appointment and watch for any signs of discomfort, all of which will be reported directly to you.
- “Speak up when you feel the need to.” Sometimes your role will need to change from quiet supporter to active advocate. Whether your doctor is pushing treatment you feel to be unnecessary or isn’t giving you enough information, it’s important to speak up when something is amiss. The same is true when your parent is withholding information or answering questions inaccurately.Speaking up can be daunting, but our senior care team can help. When acting as medical visit companions, we always advocate for your loved one to keep their treatment in line with the goals you laid out during your care consultation.
Find Qualified Medical Visit Companions in Michigan
Visit https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/mi/chesterfield/care-services/ or call 586-203-2157 to learn all about simplifying your next doctor’s visit with our senior care services.