Questions to Ask the Medical Team While Your Parent is in the Emergency Room

As a family caregiver, you never want to think about your parent dealing with an illness or injury severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. For many elderly adults, however, this is a reality, and something they may face once a year, or even more frequently. It is extremely important that you are prepared for such an event so you can continue to give them the support they need throughout their visit to the emergency room. With you acting as their advocate, your elderly adult can get the maximum benefit from the care in the emergency room, and continuing after they are discharged. One of the most important things you can do to help your parent get the benefit they need from care in the emergency room is to ask questions. These questions should give you and your parent full information about what your senior is going through, the care they are receiving, and what will happen after discharge.

Home Care in Coral Springs FL: Questions to Ask When Your Parent is in the Emergency Room

Home Care in Coral Springs FL: Questions to Ask When Your Parent is in the Emergency Room

Some questions to ask the medical team while your parent is in the emergency room include:

  • What is the diagnosis?
  • How did the medical team come to this diagnosis?
  • Are the symptoms normal for this diagnosis?
  • Are there any other symptoms present that do not correspond to this diagnosis?
  • What could those symptoms mean?
  • What is being done about their pain?
  • Are all medications given to them safe for them considering their current health issues, medications, and treatments?
  • Should you inform their regular doctor or specialists about their visit so they can have input with their treatment in the emergency room?
  • What types of tests or screenings can be done to help identify what your parent is dealing with?
  • Are all the screenings and tests being done necessary?
  • What is the purpose of these tests?
  • How long will it take to get the results?
  • What do the results mean?
  • Is there anything that can be done to make your parent more comfortable while they wait for results?
  • Is there anything they should not do, such as eating or drinking?
  • Will they likely need to be admitted to the hospital?


If your aging parent has recently been in the emergency room for an injury or illness, starting home care for your senior after they are discharged can be extremely beneficial. Having an in-home senior care services provider in the home with your parent can help them through their recovery in meaningful ways. These can include giving them medication reminders, providing physical support and assistance, and handling daily tasks throughout their home so they can rest and focus on recovery. The questions you ask while your parent is in the emergency room or otherwise receiving care can provide you the information you need to ensure your senior gets the support and care they need to recover and move forward.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Coral Springs, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.