Senior Medication Management | June 18, 2021
Senior Medications are most effective when taken according to a doctor’s prescription or in the case of over-the-counter medications according to label directions. However, proper medication management is often an issue for older adults who continue to live independently at home but struggle with depleting health and rising chronic conditions.
While a family caregiver or a licensed care professional can provide reminders and help seniors safely store their medications, one can never be too sure about the times when aging adults are left alone.
Med boxes & pill organizers – These handy containers are available from all well-stocked pharmacies and other health care suppliers, often free of charge. Smaller boxes can hold up to a week’s dose of medicine while bigger ones can be filled to last an entire month. These easy-to-use organizers are divided into compartments for each day and each dose. To make medication management even easier for your loved one, you can opt to label these compartments by color.
Medication blister packs – This great medication management solution is typically offered by many pharmacies. Your loved one’s local pharmacist can fill each pack with a weekly dose of medication, pre-arranged by day and time of day. Each blister pack compartment is filled with as many pills as required for a specific time of day, making it fairly easy to use.
Medication organization devices – Getting a medication dispenser such as Comfort Keepers’ SafetyChoice Medication System is probably the best way to ensure your loved one is taking each dose as prescribed. When the time comes for the next round of medications, this electronic unit will remind your mom or dad with an automated voice, a display screen, and flashing lights. If a pill is not taken from the dispenser, the system will automatically send an alert signal to our Central Monitoring Station, which will then promptly notify a designated individual. The device features a compartment that can hold between three to four weeks of medicine organized by a family caregiver or a licensed professional.
If you are concerned about the health and well-being of your aging loved ones we can help with 24-hour care, post-surgery care, senior living transition services, and much more!
Comfort Keepers®’s trained caregivers help provide senior clients with the highest quality of life possible to keep them happy and healthy at home. Our Interactive Caregiving™ provides a system of care that addresses safety, nutrition, mind, body, and activities of daily living (ADLs).
Our philosophy is to elevate the human spirit and our caregivers will be there every step of the way to ensure your loved one has a better quality of life. Empathetic care is care that starts in the heart, and it allows us to meet our client’s exact needs. Learn more about our unique service which offers personal care, companionship care, palliative care, and end-of-life care by contacting the Comfort Keepers Victoria office.