Everybody should make sure that they have their health checked regularly. This is especially important, however, for seniors who are more susceptible to illness and can experience more serious consequences of health concerns than younger people. Getting your parents to their annual checkups is vital to making sure that their physical health is supported and any medical concerns that they are dealing with are properly managed. These checkups are the opportunity for your aging loved one’s doctor to monitor his condition and make any modifications to his treatment plan that may be required. Not getting to these checkups can place your aging loved one at risk of worsening medical conditions and new conditions that go unnoticed, and therefore untreated.
A home care provider is a fantastic resource for making sure that your parents get to all of their annual checkups, and that you are kept informed about any information that was shared during these checkups. For many seniors, this is not just a matter of one annual checkup to a general physician. Rather, there are checkups to multiple doctors, each of which is responsible for a different condition or concern. Managing all of these appointments and the information that is gained during them can be quite overwhelming. In-home care will provide transportation to your aging parents so they are able to get to their appointments safely and on time. They will then attend the appointment with your parents and make note of any important information that the doctor shares that they can then relay this information to you.
Consider a home care provider as your support system in encouraging your parents’ ongoing health and well-being. Though you want to be as involved as possible in your aging parents’ care, it may not always be practical for you to be present for these appointments. When this is the case, in-home care will be an extension of you so that you are kept fully up-to-date on your parents’ health and any changes that have been made to their treatment plan. By accompanying your parents on their annual checkups, in-home care will also be more confident in their ability to adhere to the recommendations and guidelines offered by the doctor. This means that you will feel more confident that they are providing the care that your parents need on an ongoing basis.