Medication reminder in your home
It is estimated that one-third of all people over the age of 57 take at least five medications daily. Of these, 55 percent do not take their medications as prescribed by their doctor. This number significantly increases the risk of side effects and overdose in elderly patients.
Not taking prescribed medication can lead to serious health consequences. In some cases, doctors do not properly explain how to use the medicine properly. On the other hand, the patient may feel that he does not need to take medicine anymore. For many of us, it has happened that we forget.
Hiring an in-home caregiver acting as a memory aid is a rational way to provide basic medical care for your loved one. They can ensure that the proper amount of medicine is being taken at the right time.
Medication reminding is a tough task. For instance, dementia patients might think they have already taken their medication and refuse to do so. Fortunately, our experienced caregivers know how to patiently interact with the patient based on the patient’s needs and circumstances and ensure that they receive the correct dose of medication.
Effects of forgetting or taking the wrong medication for the elderly
The results of taking the wrong medication or not taking them depends on the person and situation. Different types of medicine could have various effects on seniors. However, the following complications might happen:
- Organ failure
The effects of drugs (Pharmacodynamics) increases the risk of side effects in seniors due to age-related changes as well.
How can an in-home caregiver help?
By getting an experienced caregiver, you will greatly reduce your worries about your loved one. Our caregivers will consider the following for each patient:
- Taking medicine at the right time in the right amount
- Considerations while taking the drug: For example, should the drug be taken on an empty stomach or with food.
- Post-drug considerations: For example, you should not lie down for half an hour after taking some medications such as Doxycycline.
- Drug-food interactions: For example, some medications used to control blood pressure should not be taken with grapefruit. Or if the patient should take iron supplements, the meal should not contain calcium.
- Storage of medicines: Some medicines such as antibiotics should be stored in the refrigerator.
- Setting up the pillbox
Who needs a medication reminder?
A medication reminder might be necessary for seniors suffering from medical ailments or conditions. For example, the elderly dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s might have to take several medications to help their conditions. People with mobility problems are among the other patients who can benefit from these services. As not being able to move, they cannot take medicine with the right consideration.
Medication reminder in Las Vegas
Medication reminder helps the seniors to take the right medication at the right time of the day. Handling medicine, monitoring the required condition for the medicine, preparing food, hygiene, and companionship services are only part of the Home Assist’s benefits.
Our extensively skilled and highly trained caregivers can provide customized care plans, protection, and peace of mind for your loved one. With Health & Care Professional Network, you will always have us on your side to ensure you are cared for by the best in the business.
Give us a call at (702) 871-9917 to get more information and arrange in-home services.
You can get information about other Home Assist services.