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Questions to Ask Your Parent’s Doctor About a New Diagnosis

By Erin Carll

Elder Care in Valencia PA

As a family caregiver, hearing a new diagnosis for your aging parent can be a nerve-racking experience. By taking a step back from your emotional response and instead asking the doctor important questions about this diagnosis you can reduce your stress, make your parent feel more confident, and prepare you to give them the best care possible as they manage this new condition.

Questions that you should ask your parent’s doctor about a new diagnosis include:

• What is the official name of this condition? There can be several different names for the same condition and while you might be familiar with one, another might see completely foreign to you. Ask the doctor to give you as many names as possible, including the official scientific name, so that you can research on your own and be as informed as possible.

• How long have they had this condition? For some conditions, a person may have it for many years without knowing. In other situations, a person might only have the condition for a brief time prior to diagnosis. Knowing how long your parent might have had this condition can help you to understand where they are in the projected progression of the condition and what you might be able to expect going forward.

• What is their prognosis? Sometimes doctors are not able to tell you what to expect or how a condition will progress. They might be able to tell you, however, what types of symptoms are common with this condition or what your parent may experience. Find out as much as you can about the future of this condition so that you are better able to create a course of care that is right for them.

• What are their options? Your elderly loved one does not need to make an immediate decision regarding their care and treatment, but it is important to get them as much information as you can about their care and treatment options as soon as possible. This will empower your parent to evaluate these options and determine which may be the right one for them.

If your aging loved one has recently received a new diagnosis and you are looking for ways to help them manage this diagnosis and continue to live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place, now is the time for you to start elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent as often as needed to provide them with a highly personalized set of services tailored to managing their individual needs, challenges, and limitations. This means that they will be able to live the lifestyle that they desire and deserve and stay safe, healthy, and comfortable while also maintaining as much independence and activity as possible throughout their later years. This can include physical assistance, transportation, companionship, emotional support, household services, and more to help your parent take on this new diagnosis and continue to move forward in a fulfilling way during this new chapter in their life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Valencia, PA, please call the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (412) 201-0712.