Medication Reminders for Santa Clara County's Elderly
Dedicated Home Care Services for Seniors in the Bay Area
According to a National Institutes of Health Study, 40% of seniors take 5 or more prescription medications. 90% take at least 1 prescription medication. This same study discovered that up to 55% take their medication incorrectly. This is a frightening statistic when you consider the serious consequences a medication error may have.
Caregivers, medical professionals, and others have attempted to address this issue with medication reminder pill boxes, written notes, phone calls and even smartphone or tablet applications, but nothing compares to in-person assistance. One of our caregivers at Polaris Home Care can not only remind a patient to take his or her medication but can also ensure that the right medication is taken at the right time. This can help avoid a number of medication mishaps, which can have disastrous results.
Discuss your elderly loved one’s medication and other home care needs by contacting our team today, or continue reading to learn more.
Avoiding Senior Medication Errors
Taking the wrong dose or wrong type of medication can have disastrous results, leading to serious side effects. Our goal is to avoid these medication errors by working closely with a patient’s current healthcare providers.
By being well-informed and organized, we can avoid such common senior medication errors as:
- Confusing one medication with another. This common error can lead to dosage mistakes and can also cause serious drug interactions if the wrong medication is taken at the wrong time.
- Missing a dose. A senior may forget to take medication entirely, leading to physical or psychological side effects.
- Taking the wrong dose of a medication. Too much can cause serious side effects, and too little can render a drug ineffective.
- Food and medication interactions. Certain medications are meant to be taken with food, while others should be taken on an empty stomach. Mistakes of this nature can lead to discomfort, nausea, heartburn and other side effects.
- Wrong type of administration. In some cases, a medication may be taken the wrong way. That is, a nasal spray may be swallowed or a tablet that should be dissolved under the tongue may be swallowed.