Medication Safety Tips for the Elderly

Unfortunately, there are many senior citizens who have issues with their medications. They may experience side effects that are unbearable or forget to take medications which can cause numerous issues, as well. The good news is that you and home care providers can help your elderly loved one with medication safety. There are many tips that can be used to start helping your elderly loved one with this today.

Dealing with Doctor’s Appointments

One of the best things you can do to help your elderly loved one with medication safety is for you or a home care provider to attend the doctor’s appointments. If someone goes with your elderly loved one to these appointments, you can discuss:

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  • Medication interactions
  • Side effects of medications
  • Get the updated list of medications
  • Ask questions about new medications
  • Find out what time they need to take medications
  • If they should take medication with food

If you have all this information, it will be easier to help your elderly loved one avoid negative side effects. In addition, if you and the senior care providers know what time your elderly loved one needs to take medications, you can remind them to take them on time.

Read Warning Labels and Pamphlets Together

Sometimes, elderly people can’t read the medication pamphlets very well. Other senior citizens won’t read them at all. In addition, the warning labels are often misread or not understood. In order to best help your elderly loved one to stay safe while they are taking medications, it would be a good idea for you or a home care provider to read the warning labels and medication pamphlets with your elderly loved one. That way, there is no confusion on their end.

Medication Organization

Another way that you can help your elderly loved one to stay safe while they are taking medications is to make sure they are organized. Some ways you can do this are:

  • Get your elderly loved one a medication/pill box
  • Remind them to take certain medications
  • Have them separate their medications by morning, afternoon, and evening piles

All these tips can help to ensure your elderly loved one is taking their medications on-time and taking the right ones at the proper times.

Conclusion

Are you worried about your elderly loved one when they take medications? If so, the above-noted tips can help them to stay safe when taking any medications. If you have more questions about your elderly loved one’s medications, be sure you speak to their doctor as soon as possible.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering home care in Mesquite, NV please contact the caring staff at Essential Care today at (833) 630-3703.

Sources

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/safe-use-medicines-older-adults

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