Importance of Medication Management for Seniors | Home Care Assistance of Massachusetts

Importance of Medication Management for Seniors

By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on

Studies report that almost 30% of seniors are taking at least five medications, all prescribed by doctors on a weekly or daily basis.  From daily vitamins to help maintain bone health to pills that alleviate pain associated with chronic conditions, seniors are being asked to take more medications today than in previous generations.  While advancements in the medical field have made these medications beneficial in improving health and longevity, it is important for seniors to closely monitor their medications to prevent any serious complications.

If you know your elderly parent or loved one takes multiple medications, be sure they understand what they are taking and when they should be taking them.  Mixing multiple medications can have serious medical effects when combined or used improperly.  For concerned adult children who are unable to help monitor their elderly loved one’s medications, a Massachusetts home care provider can help with medication administration.

With Home Care Assistance of Massachusetts, a professional caregiver will help your loved one monitor their medications and make sure no medications have the potential for a negative interaction.  Furthermore, they will be able to observe any changes in behavior or side effects that could be a result of a new medication. The status reporting to the senior’s family and doctors provides for additional safety and improves the overall health of the client. If you are in search of quality senior home care in Wellesley, Home Care Assistance is the live-in care expert. We are available twenty four hours per day, seven days a week to provide assistance and care for our clients.

Proper medication management is especially crucial for seniors who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  Individuals who experience chronic memory loss typically take medications to help lessen or prevent symptoms from progressing.  However, with conditions that impair memory, seniors easily become confused with which medications to take, if they remember to take them at all.  Care provided by a certified Massachusetts dementia caregiver includes important medication reminders and prevents medication complications.

Incorporating caregiving services into your loved one’s daily routine improves their quality of life.  Not only will they receive help with non-medical activities such as cooking, cleaning, laundry and personal care, the presence of a caregiver will help make sure medications are being taken on time, in the correct dosage and in combination with meals.  For more information about hourly home care in Massachusetts or our live-in care options, call us at 781-239-0060 and speak with a Care Manager today.

 

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