While medicine can play a valuable role in helping people live well throughout their lives, factors ranging from the use of multiple medicines and adverse drug reactions due to inappropriate prescribing, monitoring, and adherence can lead to increased risks for seniors. Richfield assisted living looks at five ways caregivers can help their aging loved ones maximize the benefits while minimizing the risks of medications.
- Set A Schedule
- Taking pills every day as prescribed is an important part of ensuring ongoing health. Unfortunately, many seniors struggle with remembering to take their medication. Incorporating medications into your aging loved one’s daily routine can help seniors stay on track.
- Talk With The Doctor
- Multiple medications often leads to dangerous side effects and adverse reactions. Keeping your aging loved one’s doctor informed about every medication including all over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements can prevent complications.
- Follow All Instructions
- Some drugs need to be taken on an empty stomach while others should be taken with food. Additionally, some food and drink can cause reactions when combined with certain medications.
- Get Educated
- Understanding everything you can about each medication can lead to better outcomes. For example, learning about common side effects can help caregivers come up with coping strategies
- Maintain A List
- Keeping a comprehensive and up-to-date list is useful not only in emergency situations, but also during doctor visits, hospitalizations, and trips to the pharmacy.
While making sense of your loved one’s medications may be challenging, it is well worth the time and effort. Not only can doing so help safeguard seniors from dangerous drug reactions, it can also help them gain the most benefits from their medications.