Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Medications must be taken as prescribed in order to be safe, but older adults often make errors that lead to emergency room visits 450,000 times per year. Not only do seniors take more prescription medications than any other group, but some aging adults are also struggling with memory problems which make their situations worse. Sometimes an aging adult either takes too much medication or not enough, sometimes on a wrong day, or wrong time of day. Medication management can be further complicated by interactions from foods, supplements or other drugs. The good news is that there are ways to improve medication management for seniors.
Here are 4 Tips For Medication Management to keep in mind:
- Bring an up-to-date list of prescribed medications and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs whenever going to the doctor and then again to each trip to the pharmacy. Note the prescribed dosages and dates/times of doses taken.
- You may have a number of doctors, but try to stick to one pharmacy, if possible, to minimize the risks of unknown drug interactions. Get to know your pharmacists and don’t be afraid to ask questions. They are highly knowledgeable about medication uses and may even have more time available for your questions than your doctor.
- Use pill organizers. With so many varieties, there has to be one that will be perfect for you. Some have the days of the week on them and some are marked with AM and PM on them. Also, there are special pill bottles that have built-in LCD clocks, which unlock at the right time for your dose.
- Try a medication reminder system using technology. Be accurate with medication management by implementing smartphones, tablets and voice assistants for timely reminders.
Sometimes, an older person needs additional aid with their medication management. If your loved one is cognitively impaired or is failing to take medications at the right time or dosage for any other reason, you may need to get further assistance to keep him or her safe.
Concierge Care is here to help you or your loved ones. We understand the importance of medication management. Please call our office today at 888-205-9940 to see if we can help.