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Medication Management for Seniors - Home Care Assistance Sydney East

Medication Management for Seniors

As we grow older, managing multiple medical conditions often means taking several medications at different times. Forgetting doses or taking too much medication can lead to severe health issues, and for those over 65, about 30% of hospital admissions are medication-related. It’s vital to ensure the right medication is taken at the right time. At Home Care Assistance Sydney East, we help our clients manage their medications effectively. Here are some strategies to assist with medication management.

Keeping Medications Available and Organised

Ensuring all necessary medications are at home is crucial. This means staying on top of prescriptions and refills. Before doctor appointments, check which medications need renewing to avoid running out. Working with your local pharmacy can also help manage this process.

It’s important to dispose of expired medications to prevent accidental ingestion. Keeping medications organised in one secure location can help you see what’s available and manage your stock effectively, particularly in homes with children or pets.

Maintaining an Updated Medication List

Having an updated list of all medications, including doses and schedules, is beneficial for the person taking them and their caregivers. This list is also essential during hospital visits or when seeing new healthcare providers.

Using Reminders, Pillboxes or Webster Packs

Setting alarms for medication times can help ensure they are taken as prescribed. Simple watch alarms, phone reminders, or specialised apps can be very effective.

A pillbox can help organise daily medications, making it easier to remember to take them. These boxes, often with compartments for different times of day, can be filled weekly. Ensure the pillbox is easy to use and clearly labeled. Alternatively, consider Webster packs from your pharmacy, which arrange medications in blister packs, simplifying the process.

Seeking Additional Support

Proper medication management is key to avoiding incorrect dosages. The strategies above can help maintain independence while ensuring medication adherence. If these methods are not enough, it may be time to consider additional support from a Care Professional, who can help ensure medications are taken correctly.

Support from a home care agency like Home Care Assistance can significantly improve quality of life and independent living. For more information, contact Home Care Assistance Sydney East today.

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