As people age, they will typically take more medication to manage existing health conditions and to prevent new ones from emerging. As the medication list continues to grow, remembering which medications to take each day and how often can become a challenging task. According to the American Geriatrics Society, 30% of seniors in the United States have a negative reaction to prescribed drugs, typically due to either forgetting to take their medication or doubling up on the doses of medication. Here are some tips and information to develop a plan that works for you or a loved one:
Caregivers can assist a loved one with medication management in the following ways:
Keep an up to date list off all medications
Schedule frequent doctor appointments
Bring a medication list to the doctor and ask about contraindications and treatment overlap
Set a medication routine
Check medications for expiration dates
Organize medications by time of day or dosage
Assistive technology can be used to assist with individuals that have memory deficits, decreased strength, and impaired cognition.
Pill bottle warning label stickers
Pill crusher and splitter
Mobile reminder app
CVS, Publix, and Walgreens pharmacy apps
Pharmacies, such as CVS, Walgreens, Publix, and Target, can provide various adaptations to assist with medication management:
Specialized labels: letters, contrasting background colors, different fonts, and font sizes
Tamper proof packaging to ensure dosage is accidentally not being increased
Adapted pill bottles: easy open caps, timer cap, color rings to identify who the medication belongs to
Stay consistent with one pharmacy
Be in the Know:
Side effects of the medication
Time to take the medication
If medication should be taken with food.
We believe that the home environment is the most comfortable place for patients and their families to recover from illness. Homecare is also highly effective to assist people from hospitalizations, surgery, and may delay or prevent a transition to a Nursing Home or Assisted Living facility. Home is the BEST place to support recovery from illness, injury, and to learn disease management. Our goal is to help you stay in the comfort of your home for as long as possible.