If your parent goes to the emergency room or the doctor’s office for an illness, injury, or other complaint, it is likely they will be given a prescription. In order for your senior to get the most benefit out of these prescriptions and avoid potential complications, it is important for them to understand them as well as possible. As a family caregiver, you can be a valuable advocate for your loved one and help them to understand their prescriptions so they can remain compliant and avoid potentially serious complications. One of the best ways to do this is by asking questions.
Some questions to ask your senior’s doctor about their prescriptions include:
- What is the name of this prescription?
- Is there a generic name for this prescription?
- Why was this specific medication chosen?
- What is the intended purpose of this medication?
- What does the medication look like? Especially if the medication is a pill, it is important to note the size, shape, color, and any markings
- How does your senior take the medication?
- What is an appropriate dosage?
- How often does your senior need to take their medication?
- Are there any medications or supplements your senior should not take while taking this prescription?
- Are there any foods or beverages your senior should not consume while taking this prescription?
- Are there any lifestyle choices your senior should avoid while taking this prescription, such as activities they should not do like going in the sun or operating machinery?
- What should your senior do if they miss a dose?
- What types of side effects are possible with this prescription?
- What types of effects might show that your senior is responding negatively to the medication and may need medical attention?
- How long is the course of treatment for this medication?
- Are there any refills involved with this medication?
Medication reminders are an extremely useful service an elderly care provider can offer to your aging loved one. Medication compliance is about making sure your senior takes their medications or follows through with treatments when and how their doctor intends. This helps to ensure they get the most possible benefit from them. For many elderly adults, however, remembering the details about these medications can be challenging. An elderly home care services provider can remind them when and how to take their medications so they do so properly, avoid complications and conflicts, and can also monitor side effects and other issues that may need further attention.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in St. Paul, MN, and the surrounding areas, please contact the friendly staff at CareBuilders at Home Minnesota. Call today 612-260-2273.