Your dad likes to keep to himself. He doesn’t burden you with news of his recent doctor’s visits. In fact, you’re not even sure he’s been to his doctor recently. You need to know this information. If something happens, doctors will rely on you for answers. If there’s an emergency, here are questions you can expect from an urgent care or emergency room doctor.
Does He Have Any Pins or Metal Plates?
Has your dad broken a bone or suffered an injury that required bone screws or plates to repair? Before he can get some scans, doctors need to know this. They can impact the quality of an MRI.
In addition to metal components used to fix a severe bone break, MRIs can damage certain kinds of hearing aids and pacemakers. If he has any shrapnel or bullet fragments in his body or vascular clips, that also needs to be shared for his safety and for the best image quality.
What Diseases Has He Had During His Life?
A quick medical history is needed when a new doctor is seeing your dad. While he may be in the system, in a life or death situation, doctors rely heavily on the family’s quick answers to questions. You may need to share if he’s had cancer, high blood pressure, hepatitis, etc. The more you’re able to share, the better it is for the doctors and specialists currently treating him.
Does He Have Allergies?
If your dad has allergies to things like shellfish, dyes, latex, eggs, or penicillin, it needs to be disclosed. Certain procedures and medications may cause problems if he has allergies you do not disclose.
Who Are His Doctor and Dentist?
Getting medical files is easier if the medical team knows where to go for additional information. Make sure you know the doctor or practice your dad uses for healthcare and dental exams and treatments. Keep that information handy on your phone or in your purse or wallet.
After an emergency visit, your dad will need support while he recovers. Taking time off work isn’t always best for you. You can make sure your dad is supported without having to put your job or income at risk. A senior care agency can send caregivers as often as needed to help your dad with meals, housekeeping, personal care, and more. Talk to a senior care professional to discuss your dad’s situation.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.