Self-administering medications can be daunting, especially for seniors who take a handful of pills daily. On average, seniors consume more than one-third of prescription drugs used in the U.S. “Those aged 65 to 69 take an average of 15 prescriptions per year, while those from 80 to 84 take an average of 18,” according to the American Association of Consultant Pharmacists.
While the benefits of modern medicine are impressive and effective, there are potential health hazards. Toxicity and adverse drug interactions are of concern for those taking multiple medications, particularly in seniors that often take multiple prescription and over-the-counter medicines daily.
Each year a third of emergency room visits by older adults are caused by adverse drug events, according to a white paper from the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living. “32,000 seniors suffer hip fractures caused by medication-related problems. It’s simple: They are overmedicated, feel dizzy when they stand up, and fall. Or worse, get behind the wheel of a car,” says HuffPost.
Perhaps Mom or Dad forgot if they had already taken their medicine and double-dosed or missed doses, leading to an aggravation of their chronic condition. Incidents similar to these, involving medication, are often the deciding factor when transitioning loved ones into Assisted Living.
Are you are considering moving yourself or a loved one into senior living for assistance managing medications? Our certified staff facilitates in documenting, dispensing, and administering medications to ensure both the care and safety of residents.
- Documenting current medications, as well as medical background and history
- Providing a comprehensive knowledge of each prescription, dosage, and effects
- Scheduling pill reminders for residents (time of day, dosage, and special instruction)
- Regularly checking all medications and expiration dates
- Ensuring all medications are stored properly
- Ordering resident refill prescriptions, as prescribed by a physician
In addition to medication management, we also provide solutions to enhance the lives of our residents. Our onsite nutritionists and dieticians ensure that not only are meals tasty, but cater to the management of chronic health conditions.
Lastly, assisted living communities like Morningside offer scheduled activities to keep residents moving, encouraging longevity and promoting overall health, as well as creating opportunities fellowship. Research suggests that peer interaction may lead to a longer, happier life.
Understandably, it can be a challenge for anyone to take their medications at scheduled times, as prescribed, but the risks are greater for aging adults. Let Morningside take over the burden of knowing which medicines you or your loved one should take and when. Our prescription assistance program ensures residents are regularly given their medications at the right times, taken on schedule and at the correct dosages,offering you and your family peace of mind. Let us make it easy for you to live well, choose our Prescription Assistance Program for Seniors at Morningside! To learn more about Regency Senior Living, call (317) 872-4567.