Incorrect medication management is an increasing problem among elderly individuals—memory loss, confusion, and even arthritis can hinder an individual’s ability to properly take prescription medications. Medication challenges are common among elderly individuals and result in serious, costly, and preventable errors.
*What do we know about medication errors?
- Serious: There are at least 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events (ADEs) that occur each year in the US, resulting in 7,000 deaths.
- Frequent: Up to 48 percent of community-dwelling elders have medication-related problems
- Costly: Drug-related morbidity and mortality costs exceed $170 billion
- Preventable: About 25 percent of ADEs in ambulatory settings are preventable
Incorrect dosage intake, overdose, and even an avoidance of taking medications (due to stress or physical restrictions) can easily be avoided by following a few simple tips.
- Understand the medication (name, dosage, frequency, and side effects)
- Follow the directions (read all directions carefully, dispense only the recommended dosage at one time)
- Separate medication using pill boxes and organizers
- Ask for help
The fourth tip is an important one to consider. If you or your elderly loved one faces difficultly with maintaining their medications due to forgetfulness, confusion, or physical restrictions, consider in-home professional care to relieve the stresses of taking medications and to ensure that you or your elderly loved one is receiving their medication safely.
SYNERGY HomeCare of the Inland Empire recognizes the difficulty of taking medication properly. Recently, SYNERGY HomeCare participated in the Valencia Terrace annual Health and Wellness Expo and provided expo attendees with free heart-shaped portable medication containers. SYNERGY HomeCare understands that some individuals are unable to properly and safely manage their medication and provides adequate resources and compassionate caregivers to help you or your loved one safely take their medication.
SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers are able to assist with pre-dispensed medication reminders when needed, eliminating confusion or stress due to arthritis and other physical restrictions.
If remembering to take medications is a challenge for you or your elderly loved one, consider hiring a SYNERGY HomeCare caregiver to relieve stress and ensure safe and proper medication supervision.
About SYNERGY HomeCare
SYNERGY HomeCare of Inland Empire is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. SYNERGY HomeCare of the Inland Empire SW is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. SYNERGY HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need – including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. For additional information, please visit www.SynergyHomeCare.com/inlandempiresw or call us at 951-280-9808.