Prevent Dangerous Medication Management Mistakes with These Tips

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Avoid dangerous medication management mistakes with help from Endeavor In-Home Care.

With over 10,000 prescription medications available in the United States, it’s no wonder that so many older individuals – approximately one in three – are taking a minimum of five of them every day. And family caregivers recognize firsthand the challenges of medication management for seniors. In fact, studies have shown that as many as 55% of prescription drugs are being taken incorrectly for a variety of reasons, and the repercussions can be extremely dangerous.

Lower the risk for errors with these medication management tips for seniors, from one of the best home care agencies in the Phoenix areaEndeavor In-Home Care:

Educate yourself on each medication.

If you’re not sure of the correct dose, management or side effects of a senior’s medications, ask the physician or pharmacist for the following types of information:

  • The name of the drug (brand and generic)
  • Why the medication is being recommended
  • The length and duration for taking the medicine
  • The correct dosage and time of day to take the medicine
  • Potential side effects and drug interactions, along with how the medication should be taken (i.e., on an empty stomach, with a full glass of water, etc.)

Additionally, make sure to ask the senior’s doctor to periodically perform a medication review to verify which medications are still recommended and which ones could perhaps be stopped.

Prepare an up-to-date list of all medications.

Creating a comprehensive list of all prescribed medicines, OTC medicines, and vitamins and supplements that the older person is taking can be a tremendous help at doctors’ appointments. The list should cover all of the information above, plus:

  • The shape, size and color of the medicine (include a picture of the drug if possible)
  • The prescribing physician’s name and telephone number
  • The date each medication was first taken, and whether or not it should be refilled and taken ongoing
  • The date the list was last updated

As one of the top-rated providers of Phoenix senior in-home care as well as care throughout the surrounding areas in Arizona, we can help put into practice these medication management tips for older adults, as well as provide a full range of customized home care services to enhance health and quality of life. Contact us at 480-498-2324 more information and to find out if our services are available in your area.