It’s also important because if a crisis occurs, you want to be prepared with the back-up support you need.
First, you must have a doctor’s Power of Attorney in order to talk to a provider. A power of attorney (POA) or letter of attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on another’s behalf in private affairs and business. A doctor will not talk to you unless you have this document in place.
Therapists can help with issues such as depression and anxiety that aging parents and spouses may possibly be struggling with on and off. There can also be a lot of confusion and frustration involved on their end because things are happening to them that they don’t understand.
Also, having a good therapist on-hand to help in dealing with speech difficulties after a stroke, makes life much easier for you and your loved one.
If you are being assisted by an in home caregiver or long term care caregiver, you will want to make sure you get a daily report of how your loved one did each day and the activities they did. This helps prevent double work, and it also gives you a good assessment of not only how your loved one is doing, but also how well the care provider is doing their job.
Be sure to get to know your pharmacist because this is the person who will be more aware of the different medications your loved one is taking – especially if your loved one is seeing several different doctors.
Keep all care provider information in an easy to access place so you can call with questions or be prepared in case of an emergency.
When you do call, get organized before hand. Prepare a list of questions, have all the information you need handy, such as POAs, lists of medications and any symptoms. Ask questions and make sure you understand the answers – have them repeat any information if needed and take plenty of notes.
Better care and effective communication with all the providers leads to a better quality of life for your loved one.