Comprehensive Celebrates ‘Take a Loved One to the Doctor’ Day
The team at Comprehensive Cancer Centers knows that going to the doctor might not be on the list of options when making plans to spend time with a loved one. What would you do if you could take spending time with a loved one and combine that with a doctor visit to help them live a healthier life? National Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day (September 16) offers that opportunity.
Created by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day was started to encourage more people to visit a health care professional. According to the HHS, many people wait until they have an emergency before going to the doctor, and they’d like to help change those habits through some friendly, familiar peer pressure. Regular visits to a medical professional can help catch such problems earlier when treatment, and long-term recovery, options are much better.
Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day was initially created to generate awareness of the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment within minority communities, who don’t schedule regular check in the same numbers as other populations. The benefits of visiting the doctor should be something everyone, no matter their background, should understand and value. The marking of such a visit in a nationally recognized day offers the chance to make the discussion of going to the doctor easier.
“Most people don’t bring up the idea of going to the doctor in regular conversation said Dr. Rupesh Parikh, Comprehensive Cancers Centers’ practice president. “Days like Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day offer the opportunity to have those discussions with someone who might be resistant to get a routine check-up.”
Here are a few ways you can talk to your loved one about the idea of going to the doctor for a check up and necessary screenings:
- ID the Risks: While you don’t want to cause anyone unnecessary concern, based on the age of your loved one, there are risks that start to come about for certain age groups. Let them know that seeing a doctor to check on these risks is normal and doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with them. You’re just letting them know that there are easy options for staying ahead of the curve with regular check ups.
- Teamwork: Let them know that you’ll be going with them, so they won’t be alone. Joining in on the visit can put them at ease, while providing them with an advocate that can help them ask the right questions.
- Incentives: In addition to going with your loved one to the appointment, let them know that you’ll also take them to lunch or coffee or a movie afterwards. Make the day as fun as possible, so they want to go and have something to look forward to. .
- Set it Up: Don’t delay in getting them their appointment, once they’re okay with the idea of making a visit to their doctor. Help your loved one find an approved provider, set up the time and date, and put that information on your calendars.
Tips to Consider When Visiting a Primary Care Physician
Once you get your loved one to commit to visiting their doctor, here are few considerations to think of before the visit:
- Questions: Help your loved one write down a list of questions (e.g. if they have issues they think are only minor, such as pains in certain areas, make sure they remember to ask about them). Bring that list and some extra paper to write down answers.
- Health Histories: When a doctor asks if a family member has had health issues, it can be hard to recall instantly. If you take the time to ask about parents, grandparents, siblings and even extended family, you can make sure all of that information is known, and written down, before the visit.
- Medications: If your loved one is on medications, or family members are, have them write that down as well. This should include prescription names and if those are long, you can always take a photo of any medications with your cell phone to show to your doctor.
- Book It Again: See about setting up the next annual checkup appointment for your loved one, so that’s on their calendar and your calendar, after your appointment is over. Once you build a routine, it’s easier to stick to the schedule.
During and After Your Doctor Visit
When you get to the appointment, don’t be afraid to ask questions during your visit if you see something that your loved one may have overlooked. Also be prepared to take notes, in case follow up appointments or referrals to other doctors is recommended. If an additional appointment is necessary, ensure your loved one books it while you’re there at the office or on the way home. No time like the present, and the longer one waits to book these appointments, the more often they don’t end up happening.
Should your doctor recommend any follow up examinations regarding oncology, ask them to refer you to Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Comprehensive is the leader in oncology treatment with access to the most advanced clinical research therapies available.
Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help
Physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options including: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery and clinical research for the treatment of cancer. For a complete list of clinical research studies currently being conducted at Comprehensive, please click here. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.
The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.