Tips for Doctors from Caregivers
Allow yourself to feel for the caregiver and be in support of their
Be as up front as possible with any health conditions or diagnoses
of loved ones.
Do not be afraid to ask how the caregiver is doing, and think of
their needs even when tending to a loved one.
Be thorough and open with any medications you may prescribe, and
alert the caregiver to any concerns or side effects that may result.
Always be comfortable enough to tell the caregiver about any
resources or health care options available, outside of prescribing
medication and diagnosing the illness.
Consider how a diagnosis may affect the caregiver, and will the
caregiver be affected by the therapy chosen.
Explain the legalities of any emergency actions from resuscitation
rights to sustaining life on a respirator.
Allow caregivers enough time to make decisions in the life of their
loved ones in non-emergency settings. Never be quick to rush them into
deciding right away upon a certain medication or treatment.
Tips for Caregivers from HealthCare Professionals
Be aware of a loved one’s medical condition prior to a doctor
Be supportive of the doctor’s willingness to help, and saying
“thank you” may mean a whole lot more than expected.
Be honest with concerns and questions, and understand that not
every question has an easy response.
Know the intricacies at the doctor’s office and/or hospital in
case of emergency.
Some doctors offer consultation appointments that allow a sit-down
setting with the doctor to discuss all the issues and concerns.
Keep emotions in check and remember a doctor is there to help as
best they can.
It is always good to write down any questions ahead of time.
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