Sometimes, the elderly don’t understand what their doctor tells them. In other cases, they understand the directions, but the cost of medications or complexity of care instructions keep them from doing what is recommended. Are you making sure your dad does what his doctor tells him?
It’s often hard to intervene, but it’s also important. National Council on Aging reports that 8 out 10 seniors have at least one chronic health condition. About 7 out of 10 senior citizens have two or more chronic health conditions. Your dad could be one of them.
Take Legal Steps to Protect His Wishes
You should talk to him about naming a power of attorney for his medical decisions. If he can’t speak for himself, he wants to make sure someone who will follow his orders does what he’d want. An advance directive allows him to state his wishes for care. His power of attorney would then make sure that his wishes were met. If he doesn’t want feeding tubes or respirators keeping him alive, the power of attorney would make sure the doctors know this.
Make Sure Permissions Are in Place
The other important aspect of medical care involves patient privacy. You should also discuss HIPAA laws and get permission to talk to his doctor. If your name is not on the list of people authorized to talk to your dad’s doctor, you won’t be able to get answers to your questions.
Attend an Appointment Attend one yearly exam with your dad. You don’t have to be in the room for some of the tests and screenings, but you should sit down when the doctor is talking to your dad about what medications he needs and any care instructions.
If there are questions, take the time to ask them. Some important questions to ask include the best time to take medications, if they should be taken with a meal or on an empty stomach, and what the common side effects are. You should also address the cost of medications if that’s a concern. There may be ways to get a medication that works the same but is more affordable.
It can be hard to manage your own responsibilities in terms of work and family with your dad’s medical care. Home care professionals support you in that role. Caregivers can drive your dad too and from his appointments, help with medication management, and schedule follow-up appointments. To learn more, call a local home care agency.
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