There are literally thousands of prescription drugs obtainable in America, and nearly one-third of all adults take five or more of these drugs per day. If you happen to be a care provider for a senior friend or family member, the intricacy of dealing with the prescriptions, interactions and doses can be overwhelming. In fact, research has shown that 55% of prescription medications are not taken accurately for a wide variety of reasons, and the results can be severe.
Keep dangerous mistakes to a minimum and receive the greatest benefits of the prescription by following these tips to help for elderly medication management.
Be in the Know Right from the Start. Don’t be hesitant to ask the health care provider and/or pharmacist questions about the medicine. Be sure to know the following:
- The name of the medication
- What the prescription is prescribed for
- How, when and for how long to take the drug
- Correct dosage level
- Potential side effects and drug interactions
Additionally, be sure to have your senior loved one’s health care provider routinely conduct a medication review to assess which medications are still needed and which ones could be eliminated.
Keep a Master List of Meds. Creating a comprehensive listing of all prescription medications, OTC drugs, and supplements that your loved one takes can be a tremendous help at the health care provider’s office. This listing should consist of all of the information from the list above, in addition to:
- The shape and color of the drug (and even a photo of the drug if possible)
- The prescribing doctor’s name and contact information
- Date the medicine was begun, and whether or not it should be refilled and taken repeatedly
- Date the listing was last changed
Our Atlanta home care team at Regency Home Care can help seniors manage prescriptions, set up medication reminders, and communicate with medical professionals and pharmacists to make sure medications are being taken properly. Contact Regency Home Care today at 678.999.2446 to learn more about proper elderly medication management.