Accompanying Your Loved Ones for Medical Visits

 

 

Throughout your caregiving journey, you would probably accompany your loved one for medical visits or appointments at some point in time.

 

We have some tips below to ensure that you are well-prepared and know what to expect during the medical visits.


Organising Paperwork

As you can expect to receive a lot of new information, it is best to organise these materials by keeping them all in one place. You can consider filing them or consolidating all the information in a notebook so that you have all the information readily available in one place.

 

Try to ensure there are backup copies of the documents in case you lose them and make it a point to bring them down during each medical visit and treatment.

 

Take some time to go through and digest the information so you have a thorough understanding of the disease your loved one is battling as well as the treatment plan to be expected. This will help you communicate better with the patient, as well as the doctor.


If you're a family member of the patient, you can also help manage the patient's medical expenses such as doctor bills, pharmacy receipts and insurance records by consolidating all the records in one place.


Managing Medications

Try to make a list of all the medications the patient is on, including prescription, over-the-counter medication and any other supplements or vitamins. Also, remember to take note if the patient has any drug allergies.


For a start, you may list down the medications and record them in a medication list. Not sure how to go about it? You can download and print a copy of our medication list template here.


Make it a point to update the list regularly and bring it along during medical visits and share it with the doctor and pharmacist. It would also help to make a note of the balance of medications at home before going to the pharmacy. This is so that the pharmacist can help take this into account when issuing the new batch of medication, so that there will not be excess of medication.
 
At home, you can make copies of the list and have place it at accessible places e.g. sticking in on the refrigerator or giving a copy to the patient so that if someone else comes over to help, they will also be able to know about the patient's medication schedule.

When assisting the patient with their oral medication that is cytotoxic in nature at home, do take note of the following pointers:

  • Wash your hands before handling medications
  • Check if the medications have expired before giving them to the patient
  • If medications do not require refrigeration, keep in a dry place away from sunlight
  • Store medication in a safe place, preferably high places, out of reach from children

 


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