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The Importance of Follow-Up Appointments for Seniors

By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on

As men and women grow older, the importance of following up with a medical professional after being discharged from the hospital or receiving a treatment cannot be overlooked. If you have an aging parent or loved one who has a number of follow-up appointments in the upcoming weeks or months, the following are just a few of the reasons to encourage them to attend, presented by Home Care Assistance of Jefferson County, CO.

  • Maximize Health – The primary reason for follow-up appointments is to ensure there are no complications after a procedure or treatment. These appointments allow the doctor to assess the effectiveness of a treatment plan to determine if adjustments are necessary for optimal health.
  • Minimize Discomfort – Changes in abilities following a health condition or surgery and newly prescribed medications are just a couple of things that can result in discomfort for your loved one. Follow-up appointments allow your loved one to share how they’re feeling, so that other alternatives can be found to minimize any pain or irritation.
  • Gain Confidence – A follow-up appointment provides a chance for you and your loved one to ask further questions or discuss concerns that you may have come across since the last appointment. Having this extra level of insight can help your loved one gain confidence in his or her treatment plan, while also providing peace of mind.
  • Promote Self-Esteem – A doctor will discuss the positive changes and provide feedback about your loved one’s current plan during a follow-up appointment. This allows him or her to recognize that positive results are taking place, and helps to promote a better outlook and self-esteem.

Make sure that your loved one is following through with the appointment by taking him or her to the doctor or have another family member available for the appointment. If no one is able to take your loved one to an appointment, consider reliable transportation from a professional caregiver. With Jefferson County hourly care, a professional and trained caregiver can ensure your loved one attends follow-up appointments, provide comfort during the appointment, and assist with household activities to maximize safety at home.

For more information about caring for a senior loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Jefferson County today and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly and experienced Care Manager. Call 303-987-5992 – we’re here to help 24/7.