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How to Make Communicating with Your Elderly Loved One's Doctor Easier

By Vicki and Brian Day

Home Care in Slatington PA

Many people find communicating with a doctor to be a little uncomfortable. Once you're serving as your loved one's family caregiver, though, you don't have the luxury of being able to put off these conversations. It's important to learn how to communicate clearly and effectively with your loved one's doctor.

Prepare Yourself in Advance

Sit down well before the appointment with your loved one's doctor and determine what it is that you need to ask or know. You may want to share some of your loved one's symptoms with her doctor to see if they mean that further testing is warranted. Make a list and put the more important issues at the top. That way if you run out of time, you've covered the most important topics first.

Practice Your Questions

Many people get nervous around doctors, but if you're stumbling too much, you might just be tempted to leave without the information you need. One way around this issue is to practice saying out loud what you're going to ask. This can help you to feel more comfortable once you're at the appointment.

Ask about Taking Notes or Recording the Conversation

Listening is the most important thing you're going to be doing at the appointment, but again nerves can get in the way. Ask your loved one's doctor if it's alright for you to record the conversation or to take notes. Taking notes can be distracting for some people, so recording the conversation allows you to review every word when you're more comfortable.

Ask for Clarification

When your loved one's doctor gives you responses, ask for clarification if and when you need it. The answers you're getting won't mean much if they don't fully make sense to you. It's not a bad thing at all to ask follow up questions when you're talking to your loved one's doctor.

Follow up as Needed

After the appointment, you may remember or have additional questions or your loved one might show some new symptoms. Make sure to follow up with your loved one's doctor to make sure that you've got all of the information that you need, especially in light of new questions or information.

If you're really intimidated by your loved one's doctor, ask another family member or your loved one's home care provider to roleplay the interaction with you.

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