With the number of people aged 65 or more in the U.S projected to rise from 52 million to 95 million by 2060, it becomes apparent that these seniors will have more dependency on medicines due to health complications associated with ageing.
They will need assistance in executing their daily activities. Even for medicine management, they will seek help either from their family members or professional caregivers because mismanagement in medicines can affect their health.
So, if you are a family caregiver or a professional caregiver, know the art of medication management for seniors.
Do a thorough research
Sometimes some over-the-counter painkillers, when taken with some specified prescription drugs, can prove life-threatening. So, do thorough research about the dosages for each medicine and their side effects on seniors.
Never hesitate to ask the doctor about the exact time of the day when these medicines should be administered. Also, enquire whether these should be taken after having food or before food. Write all these things on a notepad to avoid any med errors.
Ensure proper medicine storage
Store all medicines in a cool and dry place. Try to use original containers or pill organizers to avoid confusion. You can also use weekly pill organizers to make things easier. Storing all the medicines in one container can lead to double dose.
Track medication refills
For a caregiver, running out of medicines can prove extremely stressful. It is best to keep track of medication refills. Do not forget to call the local pharmacy a week in advance.
Make use of technology
Technology can prove immensely helpful to you in caregiving. A range of devices and apps are there that can assist you in easy medication management for seniors. For example, you can make use of automatic medication dispensers, mobile apps to set reminders for medicines, pill reminder bracelets, and many such more things.
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