“An adverse drug event (ADE) is an injury resulting from medical intervention related to a drug,” according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “This includes medication errors, adverse drug reactions, allergic reactions, and overdoses.”
ADEs can occur in hospitals, long-term care settings, and outpatient settings. ADEs cause over 700,000 emergency department visits each year, and nearly 120,000 patients each year need to be hospitalized for further treatment after emergency visits for ADEs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“As people age, they typically take more medicines,” according to the CDC. “Older adults (65 years or older) are twice as likely as others to visit to emergency departments for [ADEs] (over 177,000 emergency visits each year) and nearly seven times more likely to be hospitalized after an emergency visit.”
If your senior parent takes medications, help ensure that they take them safely and properly. An increase in the amount of medications can increase the chance of complications and harmful drug effects. Help your senior parent manage their medications safely by sharing the following tips provided by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration:
- Take medication as prescribed. Encourage your senior parent to take their medicine regularly and according to their health care provider’s instructions. Ensure that your senior parent does not skip doses or stop taking medication without first consulting with their doctor.
- Keep a medication list. Help your senior parent keep track of their medication by writing a list and ensuring that the list is up-to-date. Consider giving a copy to a friend or loved one that you trust, as well as keeping one list at home and one list in your senior parent’s travel bag, purse, or wallet. Your senior parent’s list should include the medicine’s brand and/or generic name. Also, write down why your aging parent is taking each medication, the dosage (for instance, 300 mg), and their medication schedule.
- Be aware of potential drug interactions and side effects. Interactions can occur when one drug affects how another drug works, when a medical condition makes a certain drug potentially harmful, when an herbal preparation or supplement affects the action of a drug, when a food or non-alcoholic drink reacts with a drug, or when an alcoholic drink interacts with a drug. Learn about possible interactions and the potential side effects of your senior parent’s medications. Carefully read the drug facts labels on over-the-counter drugs and the information that comes with your senior parent’s prescription medications, and by reviewing any special instructions with your aging parent’s doctor.
Are you unable to monitor your senior parent’s medication management? If your senior parent struggles with daily tasks, it’s possible that they may not be managing their medications properly. When it comes to the health, safety, and security of your loved one, you cannot be too careful. If you fear that your senior parent is mismanaging their medications, call SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, or Anaheim Hills. Our trained, compassionate, expert home health caregivers can provide your senior parent ongoing support, whether they are experiencing the effects of aging, disability, illness, or injury.
SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills home health caregivers review medication to avoid dangerous complications. SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills in home caregivers are able to distribute medication when needed, eliminating confusion or stress due to arthritis and other physical restrictions. Our home health caregivers will work with your senior parent’s primary physician, pharmacist, and other health care providers to enhance your aging parent’s health and well being.
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