Most seniors take prescription drugs every day to better manage their health condition, however, keeping track of their medications can sometimes get complicated. Some seniors forget to take their medications on time, while there are some who take the wrong medications.
At Home With Help, we want to help aging seniors take the right medications, at the right time, to avoid possible complications and negative drug interactions. While we can’t prescribe their medication, our caregivers can provide important medication reminders which ensure that they don’t miss their prescription.
Apart from providing timely medication reminders, here are some medication safety tips from us as well.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions. Always follow your doctor’s instructions about taking your medications. Remember, your doctor prescribed your medications at a specific dose and time for a reason. If there’s something you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to ask questions.
- Store your medications properly. Store your medications somewhere that children can’t reach. Also, make sure to store your medications in a dry place. Please note that moisture can affect the chemistry of your medication and it can end up unusable.
- Make a list of your medications. Make sure that you have an updated list of all the medications that you are taking, including the times and reasons why you drink each one. Make sure you also include any supplements, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal medications that you are taking. Keeping this list will help you and your caregiver to keep track of your medications and when to drink them. Furthermore, showing this list to your physician can also help them identify any possible drug interactions.
- Don’t drink other people’s medications. Never take prescription medications that haven’t been prescribed for you. Other people’s drugs may cause adverse reactions for you.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you have any questions about your prescription, don’t hesitate to ask your physician or pharmacist. It is important that you know why you’re taking that medication, what possible side effects it has and ask any other questions that you can think about.
Keep these medication safety tips in mind and keep yourself and your loved ones safe against negative drug interactions and complications. If you are interested in our personal care services in the Greater Scottsdale, Phoenix AZ, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 480-941-0200.