One of the most effective things you can do to ensure continuity of care is
to set up a meeting with your parent’s primary doctor within a week of
discharging from the hospital. This is a great time to share the
information you have collected along the way. If you have been taking
notes and building up your parent’s personal medical file, then you will
have a head start over most.

Here are some great questions you can ask the primary physician.

-What Chronic medical conditions does my parent have?
-Is this condition treatable?
-Do I need any special equipment?
-What can I expect or how will the condition progress?
-Do you suggest additional care, or is the current setup adequate?
-What can I do?
-Can you help me understand the medication?
What side effects should we be watching out for?
-Should we see a specialist?
-Is this condition hereditary?
– Is the treatment covered by insurance?
-I have been noticing this behavior, which is not normal…

Good luck with your first visit. Make sure you take a little extra time
planning on getting there. Walkers, wheelchairs and the pace of your
parent make things a bit more challenging.

David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers
David Wood, Owner, SLO Caregivers

San Luis Obispo Caregivers was created in memory of my Grandfather, Tracy Gordon Wood II. My mission is to honor him by providing trustworthy, compassionate, and competitively priced caregiving services to seniors in my community. After 25 years in the financial industry and the decision to leave behind a successful 6-year position as the Chief Operating Officer of SESLOC Federal Credit Union, I created San Luis Obispo Home Care. This decision served my desire to make a difference and support the growing needs of seniors in my community. As my business grew and I leaned heavily on my financial background, I realized there was a much more cost-effective way to provide seniors with the care they deserve. This realization led to the creation of San Luis Obispo Caregivers, a referral agency and SLO Senior Placement, a free resource for families looking for independent or assisted living options for seniors. Ultimately, I listen, assess your situation and recommend various options that are available for your family.