By: Emily Irvin, MSSA
When a loved one has memory challenges, it is best that he or she see a medical specialist, who is familiar with the disease process and all of the issues that surround the symptoms. Consistent medical treatment will help you as a caregiver because dementia can cause your loved one to display many physical and mental changes that are difficult to manage. The medical piece is one part of the puzzle in taking care of a loved with memory loss. Finding a caregiver support program is another piece that can be helpful. Together, these pieces can help keep the puzzle together and relieve caregiver strain.
Helpful Hints to Keep the Medical Piece in the Puzzle
-Always follow-up with your loved one’s doctor’s appointments. Missing one appointment can set everything back and may cause a delay in treatment.
-Keep a medical journal of your loved one’s behaviors and mood, noting the time and place when there are concerns. Taking a video of the behaviors may also be helpful to show a physician.
-Keep an accurate record of all medications and note when given and if they are helpful.
-Complete all the necessary paperwork. Medical offices will sometimes send out paperwork regarding your loved one’s medical history. It can be overwhelming to complete, but will be helpful to the medical team.
-Some hospitals offer special programs, where a loved one can see a team of professionals, who specialize in geriatric medicine, such a board certified geriatric psychiatrists and physicians.
-If your loved one is refusing to see the doctor, consider a visiting physician group that can come to the home.
-Call Memory Care Home Solutions! We can help you navigate the healthcare puzzle.