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    What Questions Should You Ask the Doctor?
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    atti_editor posted:
    Doctors appointments can be confusing times (especially when you're new to caregiving). Here are some questions you should make sure you ask your loved one's doctor -- you can even print this document out and write the answers below each question.

    For you caregiving veterans in the community, are there some additional questions that should be asked? Which one do you think is the most important?
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    Dave Balch responded:
    Here are a few questions that may or may not fit the situation. I will post more if/when I think of them!

    1. What is the best way to get help from you or your office after hours? Do you have someone on call or a partner clinic or ?

    2. What symptoms or behaviors should I look for that would indicate something to you? What would constitute an emergency?

    3. Are there any symptoms or behaviors that are expected or normal that I might find alarming?

    4. How will I know if _______ medication is working? How long would it typically take for that to happen?

    5. Do you think it is safe to leave him/her alone? For how long?

    6. Does it make sense in our situation to get a medical alert system? Is there one that you recommend?

    7. What is the best way to learn how to safely move him/her, such as in/out of wheelchair, bed, and car?

    8. Do you have any recommendations for local home caregiving/help?


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