Managing Mom and Dad's Medication; What is Medication Management
Misuse of Medication is Dangerous
Medication issues among elders is a double edges sward. Proper use of medication leads to better health, while improper use of medications has disastrous results. According to the Department of Health and Human Services medication problems among elders is widespread with 55% of elders non-compliant accounting for 200,000 hospitalizations due to medication errors.
Who is Caring for Mom and Dad
A recent Metlife study Shows:
The percentage of adult children providing personal care and/or financial assistance to a parent has more than tripled over the past 15 years. Currently,a quarter of adult children, mainly Baby Boomers, provide these types of care to a parent.
Helpful Tips for Medication Use
- Keep a Current Record All Medications
A log of all medication helps medical professionals, family and caregivers know what medications you take. In emergency situations understanding medications and communicating those medications can speed up and improve care.
- Be Aware of Signs and Symptoms associated with Medications
Medications typically have side affects. Understanding side affects, those that may be typical to the medication and those that are not will help to identify care needs of your family member.
- Use Medication Reminders
Med-minders help Elder's take the proper dosage of medication each day. Medminders come in various styles including simple box style to more elaborate electronic versions with chime reminders to assist with medication delivery time. Med-minders allow caregivers or family to track medications as they are filled and dispensed.
- Caregivers Distribute Medication
Caregivers are often family members and have access to elder family members medication. Family caregivers often dispense medications as a part of the daily activities.
- Order Medications in Bubble Pack Form
Medications are offered in bubble pact form by pharmacies and are a convienient way to track medications. The dosage is packaged in a single bubble and can be popped out routinely as perscribed.
- Utilize In-Home Care Agency for Medication Management
In-Home care agencies offer medication management programs to help elders remain independent in their homes. Typically the services of an In-Home care helper is about $20.00 per hour. Check with your local providers for programs and costs.
- Ask for a Complete Medication Review
Periodic medication reviews by pharmisists help to prevent any issues associated with medications taken by elders. Often elders have several doctors perscribing medications and may perscribe medications that counteract one another.
About Alzheimers Disease and Medication Management for Seniors
As with any chronic illness medication management is extremely important. The affects of dementia and the progression of Alzheimer's can be significantly reduced with early diagnosis and proper medication management.
- Alzheimer's Association
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