Different medications. Different dosages. Different times of day. It’s no wonder medication management can be a challenge for seniors. An effective plan for managing the medications of your loved one begins with 2 considerations–people and tools. Ask the questions (1) Who is the right person to oversee a loved one’s medications? and (2) What tools are available to assist in the correct delivery of medication?
Who comes to mind when you think of someone who is organized, competent, and trustworthy? The person you put in charge of managing someone’s medication should possess these traits. You might think of a daughter, a spouse, or a neighbor. You might think of a nurse.
|Nurse’s Note: If you decide to hire a nurse for any type of home care, make sure it is a nurse with an active license in your state. A Google search can help with license verification. Simply use your state in your search string, for example, “professional nurse license verification Delaware”.|
You can also choose a skilled home health agency (like Silver Lining Home Healthcare) for medication management. A skilled home health agency will ensure all their nurses are trained and licensed. They will also have backup nurses if your regular nurse is unavailable. Silver Lining Home Healthcare specifically offers a Medication Management program – book services today at our website: silverlininghealthcare.com.
There are so many products on the market today that help ensure the accurate and timely delivery of medication. From simple pill boxes to more technological gadgets, there are delivery tools to suit many different needs.
|Nurse’s Note: Many talking alarm systems come with a pill box system that opens one main lid to reveal all the individual compartments. Even though all the medications are separated and labeled for day and time, there is a greater chance of taking the pills from the wrong slot, forgetting what day it is, or even spilling the entire container. We prefer separate closures for each day.|
The MedCenter Talking Alarm Clock and the MedCenter Reminder System work well for people who are competent, but, like many people, can be forgetful. If you are caring for someone who is not competent (read about mental competence here), you can still use these systems but we recommend having someone monitor them and watch for signs that indicate it is time to advance to a more sophisticated system. Some suggestions:
Medication management is a critical component of a total care plan. According to an article in Drugs & Aging (2005), as many as 200,000 people may die of medication-related problems each year in the United States. There are so many options to help seniors and caregivers manage a safe and consistent medication plan. Call us today to learn more.
Thank you to special contributor Amy Clark. Amy Clark is a Registered Nurse who is Silver Lining Home Healthcare’s Clinical Director. She has over 12 years in the healthcare field and excels at finding the resources her clients need to age happily at home.
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