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Tips for Keeping Your Parent Safe during Talk About Prescriptions Month

Home Care in Plymouth CT

Home Care in Plymouth CTIf your aging parent is like many elderly adults, they take at least one, likely several, medications on a regular basis to help them treat or manage health complications, issues, or illnesses. While these medications are an important part of maintaining their health and helping them to live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place, they can also pose dangers when not managed properly. Especially for those elderly adults who are coping with cognitive challenges and limitations related to issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, additional support may be necessary to help ensure that your aging parent stays safe while using their medications and gets the most benefit from them.

October is Talk About Prescriptions Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you to evaluate your parent’s use of their medication and put steps into place to help ensure that they are safe and getting the most benefit from their treatments. Use these tips to help keep your parent safe and compliant with their medication:

• Ask questions. When your elderly parent receives a prescription for a new medication, do not hesitate to ask questions. The more that you and your aging parent know about the medications that they are taking, the better prepared you both are for ensuring that your parent remains compliant and that they are not in potential danger.

• Know the side effects. One of the most important things that you should know about your parent’s medication is potential side effects. Knowing what to look out for can help you to determine if your parent is dealing with just basic effects of the drug, or if they may be suffering a more serious response that warrants medical attention.

• Know the interactions. If your aging loved one takes multiple prescription medications or regularly uses over-the-counter drugs, it is important that you discuss potential interactions with their doctor as well as their pharmacist. There are many medications that should not be taken at the same time and that can cause very serious complications. Knowing this information can help you to encourage your parent to make the right decisions regarding their medication, and to talk to their doctor about changing their prescription if necessary.

• Offer reminders. It is easy for an elderly adult to forget what medication they are supposed to be taking and when. Offering reminders helps them to stay on track so that they do not miss doses, take too much, or take them in combinations that could be dangerous.

Starting home care for your aging parent is a fantastic way to help ensure that they remain compliant with their medication and treatment guidelines, and safe as they age in place. A home care provider can provide personalized reminders that will keep your senior loved one on track for taking their medication properly and on time. These reminders can help ensure that your parent gets the most out of their treatments and that they avoid potentially dangerous interactions and complications that can come from improper usage.

Source
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-polypharmacy-idUSKCN0WN24D
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm143566.htm

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Plymouth, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Bristol at 860-597-3924.

Sandy Fiorito

Sandy Fiorito RN, is the Director of Care Services at Synergy Homecare of Greater Bristol. Sandy has been a nurse for over 35 years with a wide range of experience in hospital settings. Most recently she was the head nurse for the medical component at the Wheeler Clinic’s Northwest Village School. Sandy’s skills as a nurse are a great asset to Synergy clients because she is able to successful bridge the non-medical care with the skilled care aspects of a client’s needs. What our clients say most is that they come to rely on Sandy’s calm assurance when they discuss the plans to keep their loved ones at home. They also love her calm way with their elderly parents as they make the sometimes difficult transition to having to acknowledge the need to have help. Sandy loves to work on her flowers in the yard and golf. The rest of her free time is spent with her three grandchildren. Sandy is a Google Verified Author

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