Prescription drugs are a scary business and sometimes, with the best
will in the world, it’s easy for seniors and their loved ones to get a
little mixed up on what they’re taking, when they should be taking it,
where it’s stored, and what might cause a negative interaction.
a survey, more than half of the seniors polled said they took at least
five different prescription drugs regularly, and about 25 percent of the
seniors took between 10 and 19 pills each day. So it’s really no
surprise why they get confused!
Unfortunately, because many of
these drugs are very strong, and medication regimens are often
customized to a senior’s specific health condition and the other meds
they are taking, there is precious little room for error.
Here are some ways you can help:
Make a List:
This should include every prescription medicine your senior is taking,
as well as anything over the counter such as a vitamin supplement,
probiotic or low-dose aspirin. Other items to include:
a copy of the list prominently posted in your senior’s home and make
sure one or two family members also have a copy. When filling
prescriptions, bring it to the pharmacist for review.
One-stop shop for meds:
Consolidating all prescriptions at one pharmacy is not only more
convenient, it can help the pharmacist keep better track of any drugs
your senior is taking and any possible interactions or side effects.
If this is an option, it might help you take care of ordering your
senior’s meds for them so they don’t run out. Just be sure to regularly
consult a pharmacist in-person to red flag possible interactions or side
Read and save the literature: We know,
we know, it can seem like reams of paper come with every prescription,
but it really is valuable information to prevent or alert you to new
Get a med tray: They come in all
shapes and sizes (consult your pharmacist for the one that suits your
senior’s medicine regimen best). This will help both you and your senior
keep track of what’s being taken.
For inquiring about medicine reminders or more information about caring for seniors, please contact us!
Avoiding Med Mismanagement
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