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Understanding How to Communicate with Doctors When you are the Primary Caregiver

By Shannon Dahl, Owner of Home Helpers of Northwest Metro Denver

Understanding How to Communicate with Doctors When you are the Primary Caregiver

Here at Home Helpers of Northwest Metro Denver, our hardworking caregivers spend a lot of time taking our senior clients to the doctor’s office. In order to have a successful healthcare encounter, here is what we train them on how to effectively communicate with doctors and other members of interdisciplinary teams. And here are some tips for you as well!

When communicating with healthcare professionals, be sure to:

  • Write down a list of questions or concerns before the appointment

  • Take notes on what the doctor is telling you and your parent

  • Ask for clarification if you or your parent do not understand

  • Keep a list of medications that your parent is taking including the name of the medication, dosage, and what it was prescribed for

  • Organize your parents’ medical information and legal documents so they are up to date and easily located

  • Ask for the doctor’s contact information and preferred method of communication

As always, we are a 24/7 home care team that services Denver, Broomfield, Arvada, Westminster, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie, Superior, Boulder, Longmont, Brighton and Commerce City.