When you or your loved ones are prescribed with multiple medications, they would likely mix those drugs or forget their dosing schedules which can be dangerous for their health. Side effects of mixing prescriptions can range from mild to severe and can even be life-threatening. This is where we can help. Our caregivers will assist your loved ones in their medication management by providing services such as:
One of the most cited reasons for elder care difficulties is drug non-adherence. Some studies have also shown that the frequency of an elderly adult’s medication regimen is directly tied to drug non-compliance. Research has found that a large portion of the approximately 20% of seniors living in assisted-living facilities do not take their medications on time or regularly. Many times it is these very same individuals who are experiencing more strenuous health problems or other added stressors that are exacerbating their current condition.
One of the most successful ways to prevent this from occurring is through medication reminders. For many seniors who are prescribed medications on a regular basis, a personalized reminder service can be just the thing that is needed to keep them on track. There are a variety of different approaches to remind seniors of their medication needs. Some healthcare providers utilize video, text, and audio messages that provide detailed instructions and offer alternatives to the more common prescribed medications. Other experts rely on specially designed pillows or dominoes that remind seniors of their dosages each day.
Another popular approach to reminding seniors of their medication management is through home-care aides and skilled nursing assistants (SNA).We have a wide variety of home care aides and skilled nursing assistants who have been trained to deliver specific messages that encourage seniors to take more than one medicine or that they should consult with their doctor for advice on an ongoing medication. There are sophisticated home care medication reminders that are very effective and are highly tailored to the aging senior’s personal need for the medicine.
If you have the option, talk to your loved one about developing a routine around taking their medication. This ensures that they are taking their medications on time and that they are getting their required amount of the recommended medication. After all, a patient who isn’t taking their medicine properly can become very ill or even die. It is also a good idea to develop a proper dosage chart so that everyone knows exactly what the proper amount of medications is. With Medication reminders, remind seniors that their medications are scheduled to be taken every day. Having the proper dosage and the right amounts will reduce the risk of someone suddenly overdosing on a medication.
When developing a reminder system, it is important for caregivers and family members to remember that their loved ones can’t always read the small print. Some medications, such as cough suppressants, are known to trigger allergic reactions, so it is important to be sure about this. Reading the ingredients and proper amounts is vital. Be sure to include any other warning labels as well, such as those for suicidal thoughts or attempts. In addition to regular medication reminders, it is important that caregivers also develop a monitoring program so that the patient can regularly be monitored and the proper dosages are discovered if necessary.
Although it is true that dementia can hit any old person, it is especially worrisome for those who are elderly, because caring for an elderly loved one is very taxing. Proper care is extremely important to help patients maintain independence and retain their dignity. In order to help make sure that a loved one is able to remain as independent as possible, our healthcare aides use all the tools available to them, including medication reminders, to keep their patients as comfortable as possible.