Taking all medications correctly and the way they are prescribed is important for everyone. It can be hazardous to take an excess of one drug, certain medicines at the wrong time, with the wrong foods or in the wrong combinations.
If you have a senior member in your family, keep in mind the below mentioned medication management tips to help your loved one avoid drug abuse or misuse:
- Know their medications and their interactions: First of all, learn about the medications your loved one is taking, including what to do and not do with each. Ask their doctor about the course of the medicines because taking certain medication for an extended period of time can be dangerous. If they have multiple doctors, make sure each doctor is aware of what the other is prescribing.
- Make a medication list: Create and maintain an up-to-date medication list. Include all their medications and their details, such as generic and brand names, dosages and dosing frequency.
- Be aware of the side effects of the medications: To understand the side effects of the medicines is very important as it helps you to stay alert. As soon as you notice any change in the health of your loved one, call your doctor and to see if they should remain or change that particular drug.
- If you are uncertain, get a second opinion: If you are uncertain about your present medication provider, seek out a second opinion. Some doctors provide medications which are not truly necessary. So, getting a second opinion is always a good idea.
- Always use an alarm: Remind your senior loved one to take their medications by setting the alarm on the phone, watch or alarm clock.
- Use an automatic pill box: An automatic pill box is marked with the days of the week to avoid confusion. It’s a great way to maintain the right schedule for taking medications. It releases the medicines according to the right time and even sounds an alarm. If the senior still doesn’t take the medicine, it automatically sends a message to the concerned family member.
Medication management is not the only thing seniors need assistance with. There are several others, such as meal preparation, housekeeping, and transportation, where they may need additional support. If you can’t help them regularly due to your busy work schedule, contact Always Best Care. They are leading providers of Home Health Care services in North Vancouver. For more information, call them today at (778) 945-3010.