ComForcare home care providers help clients responsibly manage their prescription medications. Seniors take more medications than any other population group. This is because they benefit the most from them, but also have the most risk to their health if they do not take them properly. Unfortunately, for many seniors it can be difficult to remember to take medications on time and to miss or skip important doses or prescriptions.
There are a number of reasons seniors might not adhere correctly to prescription directions. These include:
Transportation Issues: It is impossible to take medications properly if you cannot even get to the doctor or pharmacy to pick them up. Seniors who do not drive or have difficulty walking may need assistance to travel to the pharmacy or pick up medications at the grocery store.
Cognitive Problems: Some seniors may not understand that they are supposed to take medications at a specific time, or may forget if they have taken a dose or not. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can greatly affect memory, so it is important to provide clear directions and reminders for individuals who are affected by these conditions.
Vision Problems: For seniors who have trouble seeing, it can be difficult to read the directions on a prescription bottle. They may also have difficulty seeing the expiration date on prescriptions or over-the-counter medications, putting them at risk for taking expired medicine.
Hearing Difficulty: If a person cannot hear correctly, they may misunderstand a doctor or pharmacists directions for taking a prescription.
Arthritis or Poor Muscle Strength: Some seniors are affected by arthritis or impaired strength in their hands. This makes it difficult to open prescription bottles. It may be necessary to request easy-open containers from your pharmacist.
Overwhelming Regime: Some seniors have so many prescriptions and medications to keep track of they can easily become overwhelmed and stop taking medications as directed.
Thankfully, there is support available. ComForcare Home Care offers personalized home care services that include medication reminders to help clients successfully and properly manage their medications. ComForcare home care nurses are trained to work with client-specific medication profiles to ensure that all medication is taken in time and in accordance with physician orders. Transportation assistance is also available so seniors can get to doctor’s appointments and pick up medications from the pharmacy. Home care providers can also monitor prescriptions to monitor necessary refills or expiration dates.
Recently, ComForcare Home Care helped clients participate in “National Prescription Take-Back Day” to responsibly dispose of prescription drugs. ComForcare educated clients about the program and helped individuals and families locate a local drop-off location. The service was free and anonymous and encouraged community members to dispose of medicines appropriately.
In addition to providing medication reminders and disposal information, home care services from ComForcare help prevent dangerous side-effects that result from not adhering to prescription directions. Home care providers do this by:
– Reminding clients to refill their prescriptions on time
– Reminding clients to take the correct dosage at the correct time
– Encouraging clients to take their medications so they do not discontinue them prematurely
By following each client’s medication profile, home care nurses from ComForcare help prevent medication noncompliance.
About ComForcare Home Care
ComForcare is a premier provider of private-duty, non-medical home care services to people of all ages, with offices located nationwide. Each office employs experienced, compassionate caregivers who make life easier for those coping with a chronic medical condition, recovering from an illness or injury, or dealing with the challenges of aging – in the comfort of their own home. ComForcare offers home care services including personal care, homemaking, transportation, companionship and family respite services to improve the quality of life and level of independence for every individual and family receiving its services. Each ComForcare office is independently owned and operated.
ComForcare Home Care
2510 Telegraph Road, Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302