When patients, caregivers, and doctors work as a cohesive care team, medication-related mishaps can be avoided. If you’re caring for an elderly loved one, keeping a close eye on their medication can help keep them safe. Medication management is critical in effectively carrying out your loved one’s care plan, and here are a few ways you can do so.
Why Medication Management is Essential for Older Adults
It is a known fact that a high percentage of older adults depend on medication to preserve optimal health, manage chronic conditions, and overcome illness. The more medication one takes, the greater risk of a medical emergency because one becomes more sensitive to its potential side effects as well as adverse drug reactions. Most older individuals are also prescribed multiple medications, which could make their consumption more complicated. Incorrect dosages, missed doses, or even taking medication at the wrong timing can lead to severe discomfort, with cases even leading to hospitalization. It is no wonder that pharmacists and doctors emphasize the importance of taking one’s prescribed medication as directed.
Learning about Each Medication
As a caregiver, it is best to understand as much as possible about the medication your loved one is taking. Doctors usually advise patients on the frequency, dosage, and timing of taking medication, which can be difficult to remember if your loved one is taking multiple pills all at once. In such cases, don’t feel embarrassed if you need the instructions to be repeated or feel like you’re wasting the doctor’s time as they’ll be glad to make sure you understand exactly what is needed to allay any fears or doubts. If you’re new to caregiving, here are a few questions you may want to ask the doctor when they prescribe your loved one’s medication:
- How does this medication work in the body?
- Will this medicine interact with other foods or medication my loved one is currently taking?
- What are the common side effects?
- What should I do if my loved one accidentally takes more than what is prescribed or misses a dose?
Tips for Medication Management
Here are a few medication management tips that may greatly benefit you and your loved one:
- Medications should always be taken for the full course, even if one starts feeling better halfway as the condition could worsen if your loved ones stop taking them.
- Label the medication in containers clearly to avoid confusion.
- If your loved ones have any financial concerns when it comes to paying for medication, let your healthcare agency know as they may be able to offer you a solution.
- It is best to stick with one pharmacist so they can ensure your loved ones aren’t subjected to adverse drug reactions.
Why Choose Discovery Village At Westchase?
Our professional caregivers are fully equipped to render personal care and support to accommodate the exact needs of each resident. We let your loved ones live a more enriching lifestyle under our care, which means our residents’ health always comes first.
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