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Tips for You and Your Healthcare Provider to Follow: Patient/Doctor Communication (4 of 4)

In this video "Tips for You and the Healthcare Provider to Follow," Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care discusses how to prepare for a medical appointment with your senior loved one and strategies to use during a visit with a medical provider. With the tips in this video, you can help your parent feel more confident he or she is understanding the doctor and is being heard and respected by the practitioner.

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  1. September 29, 2010 at 3:04 am | Posted by Jenny H.

    Excellent videos, but I'd like to make a suggestion about an addition to the documents. Years ago my mother and I had our attorney draw up her living will, separate medical and legal power of attorney documents, and an advanced health care directive. As shown in the videos, after discussing her wishes with us mom stipulated exactly what medical and life saving procedures she did and did not want done. She then gave my sisters and I equal legal power of attorney in each of the documents and listed all of our names as follows (edited version): My daughter Jenny shall have complete Power of Attorney...In the event that Jenny is unable to perform her duties, my daughter Margaret will assume complete Power of Attorney...In the event that Margaret is unable to perform her duties, my daughter Kiley will assume complete Power of Attorney.... I have 2 sisters and we live in different states. Mom would have extended visits with each of us. By including all of us in the documents any one of us could take care of mom's needs wherever she was visiting. Instead of just appointing one designated person we shared the responsibility. It was worth the cost to have an attorney write these documents because they were accepted without question in every state mom visited and in the state where she lived. I'm not sure that basic,generic documents down loaded from the internet would have been as powerful and effective. Mom had multiple surgeries and hospitalizations during her last year. In the last month of her life she wanted to spend Christmas and her birthday with the family, so she had what's known as "compassionate surgery" that allowed her to come home. Mom had her Christmas celebration. My sisters and I were with her around the clock. We sang to her, told her stories, laughed with her, and had our last breakfast together. She died in our arms the day before her birthday. We had hospital administrators, surgical personnel, nurses, and even the hospice staff thank us for having all of mom's paperwork in order and thereby allowing them to focus on her instead of worrying about legal issues. My sisters and I had 100% cooperation from everyone involved in mom's care. By being legally prepared we gave ourselves the priceless gift of being with our mom: having the time to tell her how much we loved her and then letting her go in peace.

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  2. September 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Posted by Ravi Sharma

    Excellent information for anyone involved in care of elderly.

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