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Promoting medication safety for your parent

Elder Care in Perry FL

Elder Care in Perry FLThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that many seniors are taking three or more medications each day, some more than once per day. Though medically necessary, this can present problems, even possible dangers.

As the family members providing elder care for your loved one, you can help promote medication safety. It starts by knowing what your loved one is taking—both prescribed and over-the-counter. Here are other tips for ensuring multiple medications don’t cause more problems for your loved one.

  • Seniors may get prescriptions from more than one doctor. If they’re not already aware, share with each provider what medications your loved one is taking.
  • Fill their prescriptions at the same pharmacy, whenever possible. You can ask the pharmacist if the prescribed medicine they’re taking will have any adverse reactions with any OTC or herbal remedies they may also be taking.
  • Go to doctor appointments with your loved one to discuss their prescriptions and possible interactions with other medications or OTC products. If you can’t go, consider another family member or senior care provider who can accompany them to these appointments.
  • While at medical appointments, especially with new providers, tell them about your loved one’s medical history and family history of major diseases or conditions. Explain what conditions they are and have been treated for, and let them know if they have any food, drug or other allergies. Be sure to include things that may easily be overlooked, like eye drops, vitamins and topical medications. Their primary care physician should be also made aware of any specialists they may be treating with on a regular basis.
  • There can sometimes be adverse reactions between certain medications and foods. So talk to your loved one’s doctor about their eating habits.
  • While you cannot legally administer their medication, you can remind them and encourage them to take them and to finish the prescription, even if they start feeling better before it’s gone. They also should stop no ongoing medication unless they talk to their doctor first.
  • Read the printed information that comes with prescriptions and ask the pharmacist if you still have questions.
  • Make notes of how your loved one responds to medications, especially new ones. If their mood is changing, new symptoms develop, or they get sick from the medication, it may need to be changed. Their doctor should be contacted right away if unwanted side effects develop.
  • If someone has trouble telling pills apart, use different colored pill boxes.
  • If they have trouble taking pills, inquire about medications in a liquid form; or ask if they have the same effect if they are crushed and either sprinkled on food or put in a liquid of some kind.
  • Don’t share prescriptions with anyone else, nor let them borrow another person’s medication.
  • Annually review the medications with your loved one’s doctor. Confirm whether they still need to be taking each drug. Also ask if a cheaper or more effective drug has become available.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Perry, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

Resource: www.fda.gov

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.