Helping Seniors Manage Medications – Part Three of Three

June 9, 2011
Overdosing or Underdosing are Two Common Medication Mishaps by Senior Adults

We’ve created a quick checkpoint that will hopefully help you develop a medication management plan that fits your family needs because managing medications for seniors is often confusing and time-consuming for the family caregiver.

  • List all food and medication allergies. Also, pay close attention to food and supplement interactions that some medications may list.
  • Create a list of all over-the-counter and prescription medications. Include your parent’s name and date of birth.  Additionally, list the drug name, dosage, any instructions and refill frequency.
  • Combine pharmacies for better medication oversight. If possible, relocate all prescriptions to one pharmacy location so that the pharmacist has a complete list of all medications, as well as over-the-counter medications, and supplements.
  • Include the pharmacy name and number, all health care providers and phone numbers, as well as family contact information. Place this list on the refrigerator, emergency medical teams are trained to look for contact information here.
  • Track new prescriptions. When a new medication is introduced, please read the reference materials.
  • Communicate with your parent. Discuss your parent’s health care providers instructions and review all prescriptions for proper administration.
  • Develop an organization system that suits your family. Plastic pill box organizers and electronic alarm pill reminders are available at pharmacies.
  • Weekly organization meeting. If possible, meet with your parent once a week to assist with filling pill box and reviewing medications for expirations and proper refill schedule.

View the last of our three-part video series created to help you help your parents manage their medication:

Do you have a medication management tip that works?  If so, please share with our readers below or on our Caregiver Forum.

Jason Sager, Owner Home Instead Senior Care Fairfax, Virginia

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior who could benefit from our vast array of home care services in the Fairfax area , please call us at 703.750.6644, or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff of trained and certified home care personnel covering the Fairfax County, Virginia area.

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