Medication usage is common among older adults. According to findings from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, many people aged 60-79 are taking five or more prescription drugs daily, making it a challenge to keep track of multiple medications.
Pill organizers can be a helpful tool for older adults managing a variety of medications. They can help people remember to take their medicines regularly and at different times of the day, and they can also be easier to open than prescription bottles. Many people use pill organizers successfully. In some cases, however, pill organizers may pose a risk that can lead to health concerns or unexpected medication side effects.
Is it safe to use an organizer for your loved one’s prescription medications? Research reveals startling possible hazards for seniors using pill organizers including:
- Making mistakes when switching pills from prescription bottles to a pill organizer
- Taking medications incorrectly
- Taking too many doses at one time
- Mixing up medications
- Taking medications, after missing doses, may bring on side effects that could be mistaken for new symptoms
- Health complications or hospitalization
Medications must be taken according to the doctor’s instructions, as indicated on the prescription label or medication packaging. When patients do not take their medication correctly, they may develop health issues. Even patients who begin taking their medicines correctly, after missing doses, may have regular medication side effects but may think they are suffering from new symptoms. It is crucial to make sure that seniors are taking their medications properly and safely.
In-Home Care Can Help
Many families find that their aging loved ones struggle to remember to take their medications regularly, or at all. It can be overwhelming to keep track of multiple prescriptions and specifically-timed doses. Even picking up prescription refills can be daunting or easy to forget! Partnering with a home care agency can help alleviate these pressures while keeping your loved one safe, comfortable, and independent at home.
A dedicated in-home caregiver can ensure medications are taken exactly as prescribed, leading to better health outcomes with reduced risk. Senior Home Care of Tucson, a leading provider of elder care in Marana and the surrounding areas, provides compassionate home care services including medication reminders, transportation to the doctor or pharmacy, prescription pick up, transitions home from the hospital, and much more.
To learn more about how our professional in-home caregivers can help you and your loved one, contact us at (520) 355-4787. We can schedule a free in-home consultation to learn about your particular needs and challenges and develop a personalized care plan that improves your loved one’s quality of life.