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5 Questions to Ask a Doctor During a Senior Check-Up

When you take your elderly loved one to a doctor’s appointment, you should ask questions pertaining to his or her care. The answers you receive can help you provide your loved one with the best home care in Grosse Pointe possible. Here are 5 questions you may want to ask.

1. What Do These Symptoms Mean? 

If your loved one is living with a medical condition, you should always ask specific questions pertaining to that illness or disease. However, even if your loved one does not have any serious medical conditions, it is good to let the doctor know if he or she has experienced any new symptoms and determine what may be causing these symptoms.

2. Should Blood Work Be Done?

Ask the doctor if any blood work needs to be done during the visit. Even if your loved one is just going for a check-up, you may want the doctor to run tests to ensure your loved one is in good health. It is important to know about the various substance levels discovered during blood testing such as:

• Blood sugar
• Iron
• Cholesterol 
• Thyroid
• B-12 

3. Are There Any Changes in His or Her Health? 

You should always ask your loved one’s doctor about updated health news to see if any aspect of his or her health has changed. Ask if there are any physical or mental conditions pertaining to the elderly you should know about and if and when you should be reporting any changes you see in your loved one. 

4. What Are the Possible Side Effects of This Medication? 

During a check-up, your loved one’s doctor may prescribe new medication. At this time, you should always ask about the side effects of the medication. Go over your loved one’s current medications so the doctor removes any prescriptions that are not providing real benefits or those that may interact with the new medication. 

5. Can We Take a Medication Sample?

You may want to ask the doctor for a sample medication when you take your loved one to his or her appointment. This can come in handy when an unforeseen issue prevents you from picking up a prescription. 

Caring for a senior loved one can be a challenge, but you don’t have to do it alone. For hourly and live-in care Grosse Pointe families trust, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can provide your loved one with transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, offer medication reminders, and assist with a wide variety of tasks around the home. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 313.343.6444 to schedule a free in-home consultation.