Providing Assistance with Doctor’s Appointments
If you are in charge of accompanying the patient to doctor’s appointments, there are several things that you can do to provide more efficient medical care.
- Keep an updated calendar of all appointments scheduled. Include doctor’s name, number and reason for visit
- Take your home care notes regarding the patient’s care and routine with you to doctor’s appointment
- Take something to entertain your patient and help pass time in the waiting room. Magazine, book, cross word puzzle, etc.
- Write down all information given by doctor
- Ask questions if you are not sure about doctor’s recommendations, exercises or medications
- Share all information with family members and any other Caregivers
- Always treat patient with dignity, respect and compassion
- Never contradict patient in front of doctor. If you notice the patient downplaying their condition or needs, take the doctor or nurse aside and discuss the situation
- Make it a fun trip. Stop for ice cream or by the park before going home.
Be careful not to overstep your role. If a family member is unable to attend appointments, they trust you to provide skilled care and expertise but you are not a medical professional. Do not give medical advice or misquote the doctor. Never exaggerate your patient’s needs or the doctor’s concerns. Encourage the family to call the doctor to discuss any changes or questions they may have.
As a professional Caregiver, the health and well-being of the patient is the number one priority.
For more information, call 562-929-8400!