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Doctor Appointments and Anxiety
Our doctor just prescribed alprazolam, a mild anti-anxiety for us to use for events like appointments or family gatherings. We haven't tried it yet, but I sure hope it will help.
Also, when we go to an appointment, I sign in and let DH wait in the car or out in the hall until they call us. Waiting rooms, especially those with a TV, are very anxiety provoking for him. I have found people to be very cooperative when I ask to turn the TV down, or if we can wait in a quieter spot.
I noticed a post on this forum titled 'Lorazapam for anxiety -- take at night?' which you might find helpful.
Best of luck to you,
You may want to contact her doctors office by phone or Internet & explain the issue. Perhaps they can order home visits . My understanding is Medicare now has some type of care at home but I'm not up to date on the details. Many hospice organizations have a palliative care option & make home visits . That is my plan for when Mom can't go out to the doctor. I do schedule Mom's appointments at 1 or 2 which is her best time of day for functioning & mood .
Seeing a doc to reorder prescriptions whose dose and frequency hasn't changed in a year or two is just needless stress for the AD patient.
Frequently, depending on the type of med, this is an insurance requirement. It’s called “facetime” with the patient. Especially for pain meds. Many Medicare prescription drug plans have this requirement.
Lol kind of....DH is OK at doc appointments (long waits can be a problem). I myself am the one having heart tremors and anxiety, with what it takes to get him dressed, ready and in the car for anything with a set start time.
More seriously, more and more docs will come to the house. Sometimes they call themselves “concierge” doctors, and sometimes something else, but as someone else said, they are becoming easier to find. They usually charge a little more, but not as much as you may think, and not as much as in the past.
So sorry you’re going through this stress with your wife; seroquel and rispradal helped my Mom with anxiety; Xanax and other benzodiazepines can greatly affect balance and coordination.
Yes, this sounds like the time to start shopping for long term care ( memory care) placement. Even if she has long term care insurance, you will usually need to pay for about three months first before benefits will begin to pay. Does she need help dressing and bathing, and with walking or eating? Hands_ on assistance with three out of five activities of daily living is usually a requirement for Medicare or long term care insurance to start paying.