Blood pressure medication, cholesterol-lowering medication, pain pills, antidepressants, antibiotics… most seniors have multiple prescriptions. In fact, one study concluded more than 1/3 of all drugs prescribed in the United States are used by seniors and the average senior takes between five and seven medications.
Some prescriptions must be taken multiple times per day. Some must be taken with food. Others are best used only before bedtime. Keeping up with it all is enough to confuse anyone, especially a senior who may be experiencing some level of memory impairment. Here are some tips to help seniors manage their meds safely.
One of the simplest things you can do to help a loved one keep track of his medication is to buy him a simple pill organizer. These low-tech objects have compartments for pills and are marked by the day of the week. This is a great option for people who don’t have multiple doses per day and aren’t required to take their medications at a certain time of day. If someone has trouble remembering whether they’ve taken their meds, he simply opens up that day’s compartment. If the pills are still there, he knows he needs to take them. One of the benefits of assisted living centers in Oklahoma is most facilities provide medication management assistance to all residents, making sure they take their medicines as directed.
Whether your loved one lives at home, with you or in assisted living care, make sure all of his caregivers have a complete list of all prescription medicines, their purposes, their dosages and when they should be taken. This list should accompany your loved one anytime he sees a doctor.
Unfortunately, human error occurs, even in the medical field. The more providers your loved one sees, the more opportunities there are for a doctor to prescribe a medication that will interact with a medication a different doctor prescribed. It’s also wise to use the same pharmacy to fill all medications. This way, the pharmacist can get to know you and will be better able to spot dangerous drug interactions or anything that seems out of the ordinary.
If your loved one receives medication assistance from his assisted living services providers, he will be able to rely on those trained caregivers to ensure he takes his medication properly. If he lives alone, though, it’s imperative he has easy-to-access leaflets that explain what each medication is for.
If you are ready to look at assisted living centers in Oklahoma, contact us at Village at Oakwood. Our compassionate, skilled and highly professional assisted living care team is available to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about senior care. Overseeing our residents’ medication is just one of the many services we provide that will give you peace of mind.