If your senior is like most elderly adults, they are taking at least one prescription medication on a regular basis. They may be taking even more. With chronic health problems, function issues, and other daily struggles, older adults tend to take several medications regularly, as well as encounter other temporary prescriptions throughout the year to deal with infections, illnesses, and other problems that arise. As a family caregiver, it is extremely important that you not only understand the medications that your parent is taking so that you can help support them in taking them properly but also the potential dangers that can exist so that you can protect your parent and keep their ongoing health a priority.
October 24 through 31 is Prescription Errors Education and Awareness Week.
This is the ideal time for you to learn more about how medications are prescribed, the problems that can occur, and what you can do to help your parent avoid these problems.
According to a recent study by Harvard, more than 100,000 Americans each year require hospitalization or die as a result of improperly taking their prescription medications. Even more, suffer health problems that they do not seek medical attention for in the hospital, or are taking too many prescriptions and do not know it. This illustrates just how important it is to make sure that your parent not only understands their medication but also that they are taking it properly every time.
Issues with prescription medications can include:
• Prescribing medications that your senior is allergic to
• Continuing medications that are no longer needed
• Prescribing medications that interact negatively with one another
• Your senior not taking their prescription in the correct dose
• Your senior not taking their prescription when they are supposed to
• Your senior, not following instructions for how to take it, such as with food or at bedtime
How can senior care help?
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be an exceptional way to enhance their quality of life, boost their health and well-being, and also ease your stress and ensure that you can continue to take care of other obligations in your life while being the best caregiver possible for your parent. A senior in-home health care services provider can step in to fill care gaps, be with your parent when your schedule or your distance prevents you from being with them, and provide personalized services tailored specifically to their needs.
These will not only help your senior to stay healthier, safer, and more comfortable, but also support greater independence, activity, and fulfillment as they age in place. When it comes to helping them to take care of their health, a senior care provider can be invaluable. This care provider can bring your parent to doctor’s appointments, encourage compliance with instructions and guidelines, and offer medication reminders so your parent stays on track.
If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring senior care in Mason, OH, please contact the caring staff at Queen City Elder Care today. Serving Cincinnati and Surrounding Communities. Call Us Today (513) 510-4410.
Michele Vollmer is a visionary leader who is perpetually searching for ways to improve, so to remain at the leading edge of the home care industry.She has served in the healthcare industry since 1989, including pharmaceutical and home health sales, as well as hospice sales and sales management.
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