Remembering medications can be difficult. Many seniors take an average of three prescription drugs daily. Those with more chronic health problems can potentially be juggling dozens of pills every day, many receiving their prescriptions from multiple specialists. Limited mobility can leave seniors unable to drive to the pharmacy to pick up medications, and the small font on drug labels makes medication instructions difficult to read. Taking the wrong medication, the wrong dose, or skipping the medication entirely can have adverse effects on health. In addition to many prescriptions having complex names, there are plenty of medications that sound similar to each other making medication schedules even more complicated.
When a Medication Schedule Gets Too Complicated
When a regimen becomes too complicated it’s crucial you get help. Many seniors simply avoid taking their medications if the regime becomes too difficult or overwhelming. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 55% of seniors do not follow their prescription drug orders correctly, and roughly 200,000 adults are hospitalized annually due to adverse drug reactions. Many senior falls or other serious complications are related to medication non-compliance. Forgetting or stopping certain medications suddenly can cause significant health issues for your loved one.
Why Caregivers Work Best as Medication Reminders
Caregivers are the best solution for monitoring medication. Our trained caregivers can ensure your loved one’s prescriptions are managed – taken at the appropriate time, and the right dosage. We create a habit of taking medication. Our caregivers also monitor and log any side effects so you can inform your doctor about any issues. Using a caregiver to remind seniors of medications helps them live a fulfilling life at home and maintain their health in the best way possible.
What Is Included in Senior1Care Medication Reminders
- Remind and monitor medication routines
- Ensure medication is being taken in the correct dosage at the appropriate time
- Assist with reading labels and planning daily medication intake
- Provide transportation to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions
- Help organize medications when leaving the house to run errands or for longer trips.
- Encourage fluids and timely meals in accordance with medication needs
- Adhere to plans provided by hospice, home health, and physicians
- Provide feedback on why medication wasn’t taken, how a patient felt after taking meds, and any additional information so your health team can best understand your senior’s overall health
- Log medication intake daily, as well as any side effects experience
**Our caregivers are unable to administer medications through injections, IV therapy, suppositories, or force-feeding by law.
Regardless if your senior takes three medications daily or 15, using a trained Senior1Care caregiver for medication reminders can help keep your loved one living independently for as long as possible. At Senior1Care, our caregivers are passionate about helping seniors live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.