Do you know the quarterback? Or, who’s in charge of the medical care team taking care of your mom?
That’s right! There’s a whole team involved in the care of your senior parent and the family practitioner may be calling the plays…but there’s a whole squad of players involved in your senior’s healthcare.
When developing a patient-doctor communication plan, it’s important to look at all the players — from the many specialists, physical therapists, pharmacists, acupunturists, and family caregivers.
Below is a video series on patient-doctor communication, a topic that is important to everyone, but especially to our senior population. We hope that you’ll view the video as it highlights a few key reasons to develop good patient-doctor communication in order to:
- Avoid repeat visits from improper patient follow through on medical directions.
- Avoid medication errors through improper use of prescriptions or confusing instructions.
- Properly follow doctor’s instructions with a clear understanding of outcome.
- Maintain senior independence through proper health care.
Your thoughts are important to us we hope that you will share any tips that you use when developing a communications plan with your senior’s healthcare team. Please share your ideas on our Caregiver Forum.