As people age, the number of medications they take each day can increase, culminating in a confusing dosage schedule that can harm senior citizens’ health.
“Starting the conversation is probably one of the hardest things to do,” said Lisa Ganem, Seacoast and Southern New Hampshire Home Instead franchise owner. “Many seniors have been managing all aspects of their life and anything that suggests incompetency is difficult.”
“Let’s Talk About Rx” is a program developed by Home Instead Senior Care’s corporate office in Omaha, Neb., based on psychologists’ and medical doctors’ studies. The research team evaluated surveys that revealed 57 percent of seniors take four or more medications daily, not including over the counter drugs and supplements, Ganem said.
Home Instead Senior Care has a website that offers tips to help caregivers take care of the last people who are on their to-do lists, themselves.
Her company has three objectives, said Ganem. The first is to provide a person-centered, relationship-based approach for clients, the second is Alzheimer's and dementia training, and the third is caregiver relief.
It's a side of Home Instead many people don't know about, said Ganem of the outreach programs. The best outcome for clients is achieved when a team approach is taken to caring for a loved one.
Recently, Carey Fitzgerald, Vice President of Operations and Development to this education to iHeartMedia to discuss this program.
Home Instead offers free monthly newsletters with tips and advice for caregivers of elderly loved ones.
Each Home Instead Senior Care franchise is independently owned and operated.