By Dr. Uchechi Wosu Isirimah – Owner | November 28, 2017
What Kinds of Questions Should You Ask at a Doctor’s Appointment for Your Aging Adult?
As your senior is facing a health problem, it’s important to know what to ask her doctor. Some of these questions can help you to get the information that you need.
What Is the Diagnosis?
Knowing the diagnosis allows you to sort through what exactly is going on. Once you have an official diagnosis, you can figure out where to go from here. If the condition is one that will gradually get worse, it’s important to know that now.
Should a Specialist Get Involved?
Some illnesses, such as heart disease, benefit from having appointments with a specialist. Others, especially milder conditions, can be handled by your senior’s primary care physician. Even if a specialist visit isn’t necessary, you or your senior may want to talk to a specialist in order to get more detailed information about the diagnosis she’s received.
What Exactly Do These Tests Indicate?
It’s very likely that your senior either has already gone through quite a few tests or is facing a few more. Get some specific details about any testing. You need to know what the tests are going to involve and what they tell you at the end. Some tests give you valuable information immediately while others take a while to return the information you need. Knowing what to expect helps you to maintain the proper expectations.
How Can We Treat This?
If the condition is treatable, it’s important to have an overview of what kinds of treatments are available. Once you have a thorough list, you can go about finding the right treatment options for your senior. Ultimately, you’re likely going to compare the risks of various treatments with the benefits to determine which is the better option.
What Is the Prognosis?
Once you have as much other information as possible, you can start to look toward the future. The prognosis is where this illness is likely going and how well your senior is likely to fare. Having this information helps you to understand what else you’ll need in order to help your senior through this. Hiring elderly care providers and increasing your own time as a caregiver may be part of your plan depending on the news you receive.
If you don’t remember to ask some of these questions right away, don’t beat yourself up. You can always call the office and ask what you need to know or you can save follow up questions for the next appointment.
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