Dealing with appointments for your loved one can be difficult for you as her family caregiver. There’s a lot to keep track of and it’s worrying that you might forget something really important.
Set up the Appointment
The first step is of course setting up the appointment itself, but there’s more to it than just getting a date and a time. Let the receptionist know what the appointment is for and determine what you need to know in advance. This could mean finding out what you need to bring with you to the appointment or whether your loved one needs to avoid certain foods or drinks.
Make Some Reminders Now
As soon as you have the appointment date and time, put it into your paper calendar or your digital calendar. Make sure that there are reminders in place a week or so in advance so you’re not caught by surprise. This is where a digital calendar becomes much more helpful for you and your loved one.
Put Together a List for What to Take
While the information is still fresh in your mind, make a list of what your loved one needs to bring with her to the appointment. This might include:
- ID and insurance cards
- Medications she’s taking
- A list of questions and symptoms
- A notebook and pen to take notes
Keep the list in a prominent place so it will be easy to find when you and your loved one are getting her ready for her appointment.
Line up Transportation
Taking your loved one to her appointment is probably what you’re aiming for optimally, but that may not always be possible. If your loved one needs transportation that won’t be you, you’ll need to sort that out well in advance of the appointment. Talk to other family members about their availability or consider hiring elderly care providers. The sooner you have transportation in place, the better.
Follow up for Results
If your loved one had any kind of testing done during the appointment or started a new medication, you’re going to want to follow up with her doctor. You might want to make sure that you receive and understand the test results, for one thing. On the other hand, new medications can create side effects, so following up about those can help you and your loved one deal with situations immediately rather than at the next appointment.
As you gain more experience, these steps become much easier to manage without even thinking about them.
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