Working with Doctors and Other Health Care Professionals

Did you know?

It is important for your loved one (and you!) to think through and communicate to family and health care providers what to do if medical decisions have to be made and he can’t communicate his wishes.

Learn more about advance directives.

The doctor is an important part of your loved one’s caregiving team. Depending on your situation, you may be an important advocate for your loved one.

To work as a team and make the best decisions, you and the doctor need to work together. Don't just wait for the doctor to tell you things. Bring information to the doctor and come prepared for every appointment with a prioritized list of questions and concerns.


The following resources offer some checklists and tips for working effectively with doctors.