Taking your medication as prescribed by your physician is necessary for controlling or treating health conditions. We all know that medication is intended to improve health and quality of life. But did you know that some estimates show nearly 50% of US patients don’t take their medications correctly? About a third never even fill their first prescription. Hundreds of thousands of individuals end up in the ER due to poor medication administration (taking the wrong medication, wrong dosage, drug interactions, etc.).
One of the most common reasons why people don’t take their medications is because they simply forget. For seniors, missing a dose of daily medications can pose serious long-term health consequences. If you take medication or care for a loved one who takes medication, be sure to do the following:
- Ensure medication is stored properly
- Create and maintain an up-to-date medication list which includes the medication name, dosage, time to take, what it’s for, and who prescribed it
- Set up a medication reminder and tracking system (a printed checklist, an app, or pill sorters may help)
- Presorting medications for the week
- Coordinate medication refills so they are ready when needed
- Plan medications for overnight trips and emergencies
Medical personnel like in-home caregivers are fully aware of how crucial it is to keep track of and supervise seniors with their medications. Medication management is essentially the monitoring of medications that are taken by the patient. Medication management services from trained staff ensures that all prescriptions are filled on time and all medications are taken correctly and on time. This results in better outcomes, minimized stress for patients and families, cost savings related to avoidable hospital visits, and fewer illnesses and accidents from medication noncompliance or drug interactions.
The correct administration of medications is one of many ways seniors can achieve overall wellness. When it comes to your senior loved ones’ health, you can trust Passionate Private Duty. We offer reliable and skilled nursing care services that cater to the needs of each patient. As experts in providing home care in Pingree Grove, Illinois and surrounding areas, we can help you or your loved one with medication management. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for more information on our home care services.