Eye Examinations once a year should be part of routine health care for all seniors. Look for a doctor with patience and experience with elders and understand their needs and the family needs. Get annual eye checks. See if you can get a doctor involved in the discussion, since a medical authority may make it easier for your loved one to accept their situation.
Questions to consider
a) How to make elders accept medical treatment and go for medical examinations, especially when elders refuse medical care?
Barring medical emergencies, refusal to go to the doctor is best handled creatively. What works one time may not work in other circumstances. Keep on thinking and trying. It doesn’t hurt to keep your fingers crossed. In addition to keeping a sense of humor, the following approaches have proven successful in role of diffusing the tension for elders who refusals to go to the doctor.
There are a number of triggers to “not going to the doctor” sentiments. Chronic pain, stress, physical and/or mental exhaustion and or uncertainty and anxiety over their health and basic fear of the unknown are on the short list. Try to ascertain what are their concerns.
Simple Caregiver Technique
i) Seek peer support. Or seek another senior or good friend, be it a spouse, relative or social group member, who could advise or someone who would convince them to go for eye operations or annual check ups.
If you’re doing a lot of extra driving to accommodate your loved one, remember that you’re not alone — there are plenty of other people doing the same thing. See if you can contact other caregivers and share some of the responsibilities with other family members.
ii) Seek understanding from other siblings, neighbours, friends. Hospitals, senior centers, and adult day cares often provide free transportation for elderly people to and from the home. Don’t be afraid to ask around, as relatives are ever willing to help. Car pool
iii) Evaluate public transportation. Many regions have buses with hydraulic lifts that help people with walkers or wheelchairs. However, if a loved one isn’t used to taking the bus, a caregiver might want to take the trip with him a few times so he gets the hang of it.
iv) List down transportation options and keep it by the phone. Include the names and numbers of any friends, neighbors, other caregivers, shuttle services, and cab companies. Program speed dial important numbers.
v) Join support groups or associations See attached list of associations where elders can be active. Eg. Tsao Foundation, Lions Elder, C3A, Active ageing council etc.
vi) Arrive early for medical appointments. They move slowly. If you’re going to take your parent to a doctor’s appointment, give them 30 minutes or more from the time you arrive until the time you get them into your car.