When it comes to the doctor, sometimes it’s difficult to hear what they say, especially if it is bad news. If you go to the doctor with your aging parents, it is very important to focus in on what the doctor has to say. Many people do not understand the importance of listening to the provider and how that is connected to ensuring that your parents are living a healthy, full and happy life.
Here are many reasons why you should always listen to your aging parent’s doctor:
They Want to Let You Know Important Information
While this should go without saying, if you’re not really listening to what the doctor is telling you about your parent’s health then you’re not going to be able to fully care for them. You need to know what needs to be done, and what shouldn’t be done. You will also want to follow up as necessary, and know what medications they are on and any side effects that you might see as a result of these medications. If you need to, bring a notebook to take notes, or ask the doctor’s permission to record the conversation, to review the conversation at a later time for as a reminder of what was discussed.
Dangerous Things Can Happen if You Don’t Listen
While this is less likely, it still can occur. Perhaps the doctor told you that if your parent has just exercised, they shouldn’t take their medicine, but the time rolls around and you give them the medicine. Or, the doctor warns against taking an over-the-counter-medication that can interact with a medication they are currently taking? This can have adverse reactions. You want to always make sure to listen, take notes and ask questions while you’re in the doctor’s office. It could save your parent’s life!
They are Knowledgeable in the Medical Field
It can be hard to put trust on someone that you barely know, especially when it comes to your parent’s lives. However, they are trained professionals that know how to handle many different medical situations. If you trust in them, follow their guidance and ensure that you’re doing what they say, your parents can live fuller, longer, happier lives with the help of the physician and from you, being able to listen to the physician’s instructions. If you have reservations about the trustworthiness of the doctor, ask for a second opinion, or switch doctors, but find a doctor you can trust and listen to their recommendations.
You Might Miss Something Important
If you’re playing on your phone, or half listening then you might miss something important. This can be a matter of life or death. For instance, if your parent has dementia then you might want to stop them from driving by hiding the keys or if they have a nutritionist appointment because they are not getting enough vitamins in their system. These small details can mean a lot.
Of course, even if you want a second or third opinion; it is ideal to speak with other physicians to find out their thoughts. You shouldn’t have to worry about not liking the specific doctor because there are many out there to choose from.
If you need additional support or devices for your aging parents, it is ideal to look into a system that can provide them with the help that they need, every time they need it with just a click of a button. Pioneer Emergency can help you with that, but it shouldn’t take the place of visiting the doctor’s office as necessary to ensure that your parents are well taken care of.