As your elderly loved one gets even older, they may need someone to advocate for their health. This is especially true if your elderly loved one is having health issues where they can’t do very well advocating for themselves or if they just need an extra person such as a home health care provider to help support them at doctor appointments.
Knowing Their Medical History
Before you can truly advocate for your elderly loved one, you need to have as much information about their medical history as possible. That way, if anything comes up, you can talk to their doctors about this information and know how it is going to affect their current health issues. Some of the information regarding your elderly loved one’s medical history that you should have include:
- Past surgeries and procedures
- Medications (including the dosages and times)
- Doctor contact information
The more you know about your elderly loved one’s medical history, the better it will be for handling and managing their current and future health issues. This information can also help when you get home health care services, so these providers also know what is going on and what is needed.
Know Their Care Needs and Requests
You should also have a talk with your elderly loved ones about their care requests. Some of the questions you may want to ask them include:
- Would they accept a blood transfusion?
- Do they have or want a DNR?
- Will they get surgery if it is needed?
- Will they do chemotherapy if they get cancer?
- Are they allergic to any medications?
- Do they prefer a female or male doctors?
By knowing your elderly loved one’s care needs and requests, you can ensure they are getting the proper care from this point forward.
Knowing Who to Call
If you are going to advocate for your elderly loved one and their health, you will need to know who to contact if something happens. For example, if your elderly loved one is having chest pain – after you take them to the emergency room or call 9-1-1 – you should know to contact their cardiologist and primary care doctor. If your elderly loved one just has signs of Covid, it may be best to call their primary care physician to see what should be done.
Always Have a Medication List On-Hand
It is also important that you always have a medication list on-hand for your elderly loved one’s current medications. There should be a list with you in case anyone asks you what medications they are taking. There should also be a list by their refrigerator, nightstand, or somewhere else easy to get to. That way, whoever is caring for your elderly loved one in their home can access it, as well. This can help to prevent any medication interactions.
Home Health Care Conclusion
These are some of the best tips that you can use to advocate for your elderly loved one’s health. Now that you have these tips, you can work with your elderly loved one’s home health care providers, other family caregivers, and doctors to ensure they are getting the best care.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Health Care in Bryn Mawr, PA, and the surrounding area please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. (484) 206-4544
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