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I live 3 hours from my father who is mentaly sharp but has a few phsyical problems. When he does go to the doctor I can't always arrange to be there. He hardly ever asks questions and never really remembers what doctor tells him.
I have thought of starting a business that employees nurses (retired ) to go with older people to their doctors visits and ask questions and take notes.
I know it is something that I would use. Would it be helpful to anyone else ?
If it can actually be done.........

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In general services for the elderly: Taking them to church, taking them shopping , running errands for them, taking them to doctor appts, getting things they need from the pharmacy, post office etc. I think with the growth of the elderly (79 million ) baby boomers---I think this type of caregiving is bound to be needed. However, how much can elderly pay??? Many seniors will not have pensions, only social security and a 401K they can't drain because they have to maintain it to 85 or 90 yrs of age. However, the idea is a good one and children of these elderly might want to pay for someone to perform these duties so they can continue to work each day.

Elizabeth
yrs of age.
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This would be a great service.
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As a nurse with retirement looming but not for another 12 years... I think it is a great idea.... it's ok having helpers but to have someone interpret the information so that it is meaningful for you and your father is a fabulous idea!
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Hi Tony,
A good friend of mine actually does that kind of work on her own. She drives the elderly to doctor's appointments, hair, shopping, airport and many other places. She also will take them to lunch, shows and movies. She lives in a condo and many post their needs on a bulletin board. She loves doing it and considers them her friends as well. Often going to services when they pass on. I don't know what she charges, but it helps relatives who aren't always available to take them. So yes there's definately a need as you know.
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You'd have to work out the legal part since doctors won't talk to anyone without written permission to do so. And not asking questions of the doctor while your dad is at his appointment isn't relegated just for old people either. My husband will go to his doctor appointment by himself and come home clueless when I drill him on what the Dr. said. I'm wondering if it's men in general that don't get enough information at a doctors appointment, or are women just naturally more nosy? Jury is still out on that one. :)
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Yes, I would love to find this kind of help! Thank you.
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