Caring for a loved one can be difficult. This can be especially difficult when it comes to maintaining and remembering when to take medications. It may be difficult for your loved one to remember which medication to take at what time, especially if they take multiple medicines. Although remembering medications can be taxing, it is extremely important because it can lead to overdosing or even under-dosing on medication.
Statistics say that on average a senior takes about 7 different medications, this includes prescribed and over-the-counter drugs. Having to take so many medications in a day causes people to neglect taking their medications properly.Believe it or not, 30% of all hospital admissions for people over the age of 65 are directly attributable to missed doses or overdoses of medication.
It is important that the senior and family caregiver get an understanding of the different medications that are prescribed. Make sure to ask the physician what exactly each medication does, the side effects of each medicine, and adverse effects of taking different types of medications at the same time. The mismanagement of taking medications can be very dangerous and even life threatening. This is why being informed on the different medications is crucial.
When medication is misused, it can cause many different signs that help one to recognize that something is wrong. Some examples may include dizziness, nausea, confusion, memory issues, hallucinations, troubled sleeping patterns, incontinence, and increased falls. Malnutrition can also be a sign of medication misuse because seniors who may be confused may not eat properly.
Luckily, there are plenty of resources
and devices that can help with medication reminders. Clearly labeled pill boxes and pill boxes with alarms can simplify the routine. Agencies like the Shepherd Center have free telephone reassurance programs, where people can call to remind and check on clients. Home Health Agencies like Gentiva and Care South can send an RN out to set up medications and do some education for clients and be covered my insurance. Having a caregiver present can also be a helpful reminder of when it is the right time to take medication and to ensure they are actually taking the medication correctly.
We here at Home Loving Senior Care know how challenging it can be caring for a loved one who is ill or just needs some assistance here and there. We can help relieve your stress with our companionship services and medication reminders. If you are ever interested to learn more about our services, feel free to contact us at (336) 993-1600.