Your parent may be perfectly able to go to their own doctor’s appointments, but if they are getting older and have begun to develop chronic medical problems, now may be a good time to start accompanying them to some or all of their doctors’ appointments.

Be Their Advocate

Many people experience some amount of anxiety when they go to the doctor, and sometimes it is nice to have someone else there to ask questions about treatment options, symptoms, and anything else that’s a concern, says LaTresh Walker, Healthcare Director of Highgate at Temecula.

“Conversations with physicians tend to be rushed,” Walker says. “They maybe spend five to 10 minutes with each patient, and often, there isn’t a lot of time for the patient to speak freely.”

List and Prioritize Your Concerns

Preparation is crucial to getting the most out of a doctor’s appointment. Along with your parent, make a list of questions and/or topics you would like to discuss, and prioritize them.

“Never be afraid to ask questions,” Walker says. The doctor is there to help you and your parent be fully informed about their health. When you participate in your parent’s health care, you are providing a gift of love that can make a huge difference in their safety and well-being.

Ask These Questions

Although the questions you ask will depend on your loved one’s condition and diagnosis, Walker offers some examples of important questions to ask your parent’s doctor during their next office visit.

Questions You Should Ask Your Parent's Doctor

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