Regular visits to the doctor are important at any age, but you may have more to talk about with your physician as you get older. If you are unsure how to effectively communicate with your doctor, follow these guidelines during your next physical exam.
Ask about your options
Whether you are considering surgery or you have just been prescribed new medication, you should ask your doctor about all of your choices before committing to any new changes in your healthcare. While a particular medication or surgery may be right for the majority of patients, it might not be right for you for financial or physical reasons.
Be honest about your daily health
Your doctor cannot help you with certain health issues if he or she is unaware of them. While it may be embarrassing to discuss a fall at home or a lack of energy throughout the day, you should be open and honest with your doctor about problems of this nature. Once your doctor is aware of the issue, you can explore the best solutions to restore your quality of life.
Find a physician you trust
Maintaining your health will involve the discussion of sensitive subjects, so you will want to work with a physician with whom you feel comfortable. Scheduling at-home visits with a doctor may be helpful, because your home is a more familiar setting to discuss subjects such as sexual health, incontinence, depression or memory problems.
When you choose to live within the independent senior community of The Lakes at Waterford, you will have the option of private physician visits at home so that you are able to maintain optimal health throughout your golden years. To start planning your future at The Lakes at Waterford, call 630-585-8047 today.