While managing a prescription regimen can feel daunting for seniors even in the best of times, it’s important to ensure medications continue to be filled and taken as recommended to remain strong and healthy in the midst of a pandemic. Having the most up-to-date information and a thoughtful plan in place for a senior loved one to manage prescription and over-the-counter drugs safely can help alleviate stress and reduce potential hazards. "The current pandemic has left many families and older adults feeling overwhelmed and underprepared,” said Lakelyn Hogan, gerontologist and caregiver advocate at Home Instead Senior Care. “With so much misinformation and ambiguity surrounding COVID-19, medications are top of mind for many.”Medication mismanagement is among the most serious health threats facing seniors. So, Home Instead reached out to Dr. Kyle Decker, PharmD, chief operating officer of Simple Meds, for guidance.“In the middle of so much uncertainty, we’ve seen people turning to their community pharmacy for answers, or even just a calm and trusted voice,” Dr. Decker said. “Pharmacists are on the front line, working diligently to ensure patients get the medications and treatment they need.”Dr. Decker shares answers to some of the most common questions pharmacists are receiving right now:
There’s no time like the present to establish a safe system or regimen to manage your loved one’s medications, and a local pharmacy or a medication service like Simple Meds can help. To learn more, connect with a Simple Meds representative at 615-645-6337. For more resources on medication management, reach out to your local Home Instead Senior Care office or visit www.LetsTalkAboutRx.com.