Four medication management tips for your senior loved ones
As your parents or other loved ones or family members begin to age, it is important to make sure they are following their medication schedule, especially when many seniors often take multiple medications simultaneously.
These four tips offer helpful insight into medication management for seniors. If your aging loved one has experienced a decline in vision or can no longer drive to the doctor’s office or to the pharmacy, you may need to step in to assist them. And it is important that when you do, you are prepared.
1. Keep a medication record.
Keep an accurate list of all the medications your senior loved one is taking. The list should include brand names, dosages, frequency of the dose, side effects, and the reason for taking the drug. All of this information is helpful in effective medication management for seniors.
2. Read the label.
It is tempting to avoid reading the fine print, but take the time to read the directions either printed on the side of the prescription or within the insert. You will find helpful information regarding proper dosage, side effects, and activities that should be avoided when taking the medication (i.e. driving). Another helpful tip is to compare the appearance of the pill to the description in the insert. If you have any questions, check with the pharmacist or reach out to your loved one’s doctor.
3. Go to the appointments.
To keep tabs on your loved one’s health and medications, be an active part of his or her healthcare team. Make sure you have permission to talk to your loved one’s doctors or nurses regarding his or her health and medication needs. When you are at the appointment, review all of your their medications and check with the doctor or nurse to make sure they are still necessary. Discuss the current prescribed medications, their dosages, and if any should be discontinued because of how they react with other prescriptions.
4. Help administer the medications.
Consider creating a checklist that your parents or senior loved ones can use daily to make sure they are taking their prescriptions as required. A checklist is one of the most common medication management tips, and it is often recommended to put the check list front and center. Direct your loved one to check off on the list once they take each medication. This can be done manually on paper, or digitally on a computer or tablet. If your parents need help administering a shot, such as insulin, discuss the easiest way to do so with the doctor.
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