Did you know that on average individuals 65 to 69 years old take nearly 14 prescriptions per year, and individuals aged 80 to 84 take an average of 18 prescriptions per year? Additionally, adverse drug reactions and noncompliance are responsible for 28% of hospitalizations of the elderly (Source: Food and Drug Administration Report 1996).
Aging brings on more health concerns, the possibility of chronic diseases, and more possible illnesses. As aging adults visit their doctors they are prescribed more medications, and each medication has a purpose to help manage their health. It can be daunting to manage those prescriptions and remember the rules around each one. Some may require that you take with food, some may say take before your meal. Some prescriptions say take with a full glass of water, and some say to not eat certain foods at all while taking the medication. Each prescription is different and may impact how you feel, or cause you to go to the hospital if you take it incorrectly.
If your loved one is struggling with medication management we suggest a few helpful tips:
Unfortunately mistakes in medication administration are responsible for 38% of all medication-related errors, leading to a minimum of 7,000 deaths per year, according to the ALARIS Center for Medication Safety and Clinical Improvement. This is a pretty shocking number considering some of us miss our medications all the time and don’t think twice about it. It shows the importance of medication for aging adults and the significance of making sure that both you and your loved one understand how each medication impacts their health, how often it needs to be taken, and the requirements to follow.
It is always best to be cautious with your loved ones and make sure that they are at a place where they can be top of mind, otherwise it might be time for them to receive some additional assistance to make sure they are carefully taking their medicines.
We encourage you to learn more about Fedelta Home Care and how we might have the perfect solution for you to care for your loved one. Once a client you can view your loved one’s medicine plan online in the Fedelta Family Room, or maybe you are interested in a short-shift option available to receive 90 or 120 minutes of care a day to include a medication reminder.