How can you help reduce stress?
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Help reduce the stress of doctor visits by taking notes and staying organized.
When you help your loved one stay organized and act as an extra set of eyes and ears, you can make going through treatment less stressful. Often patients are feeling overwhelmed at doctor visits. By taking notes and asking questions, you can help reduce the stress of these visits and help the patient be more prepared for the next appointment.
Put yourself in their shoes and go through this site as if you were the patient.
It is a good idea to go through this guide as the patient, so you know the questions they should be asking. By better understanding what your loved one is going through, you can help them through their journey.
Assist with planning for the future
Talk to your loved one about planning for the future. No one can predict how long someone will live, so it is important to understand your loved one’s wishes for their care. There may come a time when it will be more difficult for your loved one to communicate these needs, so it is important to take these steps now. Making these plans helps reduce stress for everyone involved.
Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed November 19, 2017.
Page Last Updated: March 13, 2018