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Health Tip: Communicating With a Loved One's Doctor

When you're the primary caregiver

(HealthDay News) -- Part of a caregiver's responsibilities include communicating with your charge's doctors, and knowing how and when to ask the right questions.

The American Heart Association offers these guidelines for caregivers:

  • Explain to the doctor your role as caregiver, and that you need to be included in important communication about the patient.
  • Educate yourself about the details of your loved one's condition.
  • Write down information about behaviors you have noticed, such as your loved one's sleeping habits, eating habits and emotions.
  • Take your time and think through any decisions about your loved one. If possible, make sure the doctor offers you enough time to consider the options. Consider scheduling a consultation appointment.
  • Make a list of questions and topics for discussion during appointments.
  • Appreciate the time your doctor takes, and understand that he or she may not have an immediate answer to all of your questions.
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