Medical Care

For Seniors

  • Identify your health goals.
  • Understand your insurance, research and purchase long term care insurance if you can.
  • Prepare for your doctor appointments with copies of previous lab tests, lists of prioritized concerns and questions and all medications you are currently taking.
  • Make sure you are using medications, over the counter drugs, and supplements in a safe and informed way. Ask yourself these questions: what are the side effects, what medications should never be combined with something you are taking, what conditions may worsen?
  • Maintain regular doctor visits and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

For Caretakers

  • Know your loved one’s doctors so you feel comfortable asking questions, reaching out with concerns, etc.
  • Understand their ailments and/or health issues, both physical and mental, and don’t be afraid to ask their physicians questions if you don’t understand something.
  • If your loved one needs to have a procedure, be sure to research the physician, the hospital or site, and the recovery or rehab facility.
  • Familiarize yourself with their medications and their side effects.
  • Know the signs of common conditions and mental health issues, including heart attack, dementia, depression, suicide risk, etc. and what you can do to address them.
  • Know their health goals and their advance directives should they be necessary and help make sure all documents are in order to complete these.