Tkc Comfort of Home
NODA Area Agency on Aging
2901 North Van Buren, Enid, Oklahoma 73703
580-237-2236 or 800-211-2116
Caregiver Assistance News
CARING FOR YOU
CARING FOR OTHERS
Using the Health Care Team Effectively
When you care for someone in the
home, you must also manage that
person's health care. This means
choosing a good medical team,
keeping costs down, arranging for
medical appointments, and getting the
best, least expensive medicines. It also
means knowing what the insurance
rules are and, most important, being
an advocate (a supporter) for the
person in your care.
Share in Medical Decisions
Medical decision-making is in the
hands of the person receiving care,
the doctor, and the caregiver. Take an
active role and become an advocate
for yourself and for the person in your
care. A patient is the senior partner in
the patient-doctor relationship.
Preparing for a Visit to the Doctor
• Be prepared to briefly explain
the care receiver's and the family's
• Take a list of questions in order of
• Prepare a list of symptoms the
person you care for is experiencing.
• Be prepared to ask for written
information on the medical
situation so you can better
understand what the doctor is
saying, or bring a tape recorder.
At the Doctor's Office
Tell the doctor what you hope
and expect from the visit and any
recommended treatment. If the doctor
tells you to do something you know
you can't do, such as give medication
in the middle of the night, ask if there
is another treatment and explain why.
Insist on talking about the level of
care that you believe is appropriate
and that agrees with the care
receiver's wishes. Ask about other
options for tests, medications, and
surgery. Ask why tests or treatments
are needed and what the risks are.
Consider all options, including the
pros and cons of "watchful waiting."
Trust your common sense and if you
have doubts, get a second opinion.