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In Home Care Services Help With Medication Management In Marietta, OH

Nov 8, 2018 by David Yeomans

Find out how in home care services can help you manage your medications in Marietta, OH, leading to improved safety and well-being.

Mistakes in medication management lead to millions of preventable emergency room visits each year for American seniors. Granted, these numbers are not surprising considering that the average senior over the age of 65 takes between 5 and 10 different medications each day. Family members worry that their senior loved one will miss a dose, take too many doses, not follow medication directions, etc. They understand that the consequences of improper medication management can be harmful or even dangerous. Comfort Keepers’ in home care services can help.

In addition to helping seniors keep on top of their dosages and timing, Comfort Keepers’ in home care services can help your senior loved one read medication labels, open pill bottles, and follow administration instructions. They can also help with proper storage, ensure refills are called in, and even pick up medications from the pharmacy.

In addition to standard medication management support, seniors should also create a medication management checklist. Consider the following:

  • What medications are being taken? Create a list of all medications including OTC medicines and supplements, how often each is taken, and the dosages. This list should be reviewed with the senior's physician annually.
  • List the major side effects of medications. Comfort Keepers’ in home care services can help seniors review this information and ensure none of them are currently being experienced.
  • Create a contraindication list. What medications cannot be taken with the ones already being taken? This list of medications, along with the master list, should be kept on the senior in their wallet or purse in case of an emergency.
  • List the signs of overmedication.  It is important to know what the signs of overmedication are since many of them may require immediate medical intervention.

To learn more about creating a medication management safety checklist or to learn more about the many ways Comfort Keepers can help your senior loved one maximize their independence while ensuring their ability to safely age in place contact our office today.

At Comfort Keepers, we are proud to provide quality home care to seniors in:

The entire Mid-Ohio Valley including Marietta, Belpre, and Vincent, in OH and Parkersburg, Mineral Wells, Vienna, Ravenswood, Ripley, Williamstown, Washington in WV.

Outlying areas also served (service delivery fees may apply): Ohio - Stockport, Barlow, Barlett, Beverly, Coal Run, Coolville, Cutler, Fleming, Little Hocking, Long Bottom, Lowell, New Matamoras, Newport, Portland, Reedsville, Reno,Tuppers Plains, Waterford, Watertown and Whipple. West Virginia - Belleville, Belmont, Davisville, Rockport, Sandyville, Saint Mary’s, Sherman and Waverly.

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