Seniors Sometimes Need Assistance With Their Medication Regime


seniro assistance, senior help, elder healthcareManaging medications for your parents,means at times , traveling a distance as well as the fine line of being sure they are O.K. All the while ,using extreme consideration for them as an independent senior. Recognizing they may need some assistance and are reluctant to ask for help. The fear might even be, that as their family you may feel they are incompetent in their self care.

If your senior family member has been ill and is now living home after a discharge from a hospital or a doctors office visit has meant many new medications for them. Be sure you follow up at their home . Go over their hospital discharge instructions and be sure they understand any precautions, instructions or restrictions they might have been given.

Review the new medications and compare them to their prescription bottles,confirming the instructions and the medication,and the dose are matching. They should have been given a medication educational sheet that explains the medication, its use and potential side effects. Their doctor should be notified promptly with any problems.

If they have many medications and have a potential for confusion, a medication chart can be set up as a display in the area where they take their medication.

A chart with a picture or the "pill" itself can be placed on the chart, next to it, what it is for--- " Heart Pill"--- and how it is to be taken.--- Once each A.M.--- This should be in print large enough for senior eyes. Medication that is a similar shape or color or similar sounding names, can add some risk of confusion. Be sure that it is clear to them and they are able to distinguish between them. Carefully differentiate them on the chart.

Seniors are at a greater risk for confusion when their routine has been changed. So after each doctors visit, update the chart and remind them frequently of the new change. They can have small cups or medication boxes, that are labeled the day of the week and the time they are to be taken.They can be prefilled by the family on a weekly visit. They should be checked to be sure they have been emptied according to the medication regime.

If you as a family notice changes in the ability of the senior to care for themselves independently. And if you as a family are unable to do so, it might be time to ask your parent's doctor to have Home Health or Visiting Nurses see them in their home.

The use of a lifeline "emergency " button they can wear as a necklace can offer some peace of mind, and a sense of security, they then will be able to call someone if they need help.

Seniors, now have a better quality of life for a longer period of time. Their independence is very important to them, as it is for each of us. With the support and close observation by the family and friends they have the best of both worlds in healthcare maintenance.

--Ruth Bredbenner

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