Doctor having conversation with his patient and holding xray inHave you ever wished you could replay what your senior’s doctor said at her last visit? If you record your elderly family member’s appointments with her doctor, that can happen for you.

Why Would You Consider Recording a Visit?

If you’ve never thought about recording a visit at your senior’s doctor, the idea might be a surprising one at first. Depending on the types of health issues your senior is facing, the topics that are discussed in her medical appointments can be really complicated. There may be a lot to take in and results that you don’t want to forget. You can certainly take notes with pen and paper, but that can feel distracting when you’re trying to pay close attention. With a recording, you can go back and listen to the exact words her doctor used and you can often catch things you missed while you were right there.

Recording Is Easy

With smartphones as popular as they are, you likely have a voice recorder in your pocket right now. There are built-in voice recording apps that handle all the heavy lifting for you. All you need to do is push a button and let the app work. Afterward you can even rename the file so it’s easy to find later.

There’s a Way to Be Respectful

Keep in mind that you need to talk to your senior’s doctor before you simply start randomly recording the visit. Explain that you’d like to record the appointment if that’s okay and then you might want to explain why. This is becoming more common, so your senior’s doctor may have experience with this already. Even if her doctor is brand new to the idea of having an appointment recorded, you’re probably not going to get a huge objection.

There May Be Laws to Consider

What you don’t want to do is just secretly record the meeting. State and federal laws can factor in here. Some states allow recordings as long as one person involved knows that there’s a recording. Other states require everyone involved in the process to consent to the recording in order for it to happen. Check into what laws affect this in your area before you press record.

Whether you ultimately decide to record doctor’s appointments or not, it’s definitely an idea to keep in the back of your mind. Doctor’s appointments can be stressful enough as it is without worrying about forgetting something important.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.