October 23, 2008
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.