If you are visiting aging family members this holiday season, keep in mind all the assistive care services we offer at Champion. If you are home for the holidays in Brevard County, Florida and have come to the realization that your family member is in need of more assistance, or if you are a current client and are realizing you would like to add to your current home health options, be sure to contact us so we can get you set up with the appropriate services as soon as possible.

We can assist you or your loved one with any of the following: light housekeeping, grooming, toileting, dressing, meal preparation, errand running and companionship. As needed, we can graduate to or add on any of the following services: transfers, transportation to and from appointments, continence care, range of motion assistance, and medication monitoring. We are also there for you when the time comes for respite program relief, 24-hour care, and hospice support.

We carefully matchmake your loved one with the best suited caregiver to provide families with the peace of mind of knowing their family member is able to remain in their home safely, well taken care of, and happily content in well-known surroundings.

When you are spending time with your aging loved ones this Christmas holiday, one thing to observe is their method of medication management. In a 2010 article from American Nurse Today, “44% of men and 57% of women older than age 65 take five or more medications per week; about 12% of both men and woman take 10 or medications per week.”  Since the elderly population is likely to be taking a variety of medications, visiting numerous doctors and specialists, and filling their prescriptions at multiple pharmacies, it is easy to see how mistakes can be made! As if this is not to worry about, read through this list of concerns regarding medication management:

Things to Consider for Medication Management

  • Proper dosage at proper time of day
  • Special requirements (take with food, take on empty stomach…)
  • Expiration dates
  • Drug interactions
  • Overdosing
  • Adverse reactions
  • Side effects
  • Contraindications

These are a lot of concerns to monitor, and when you multiple it by several medications daily and place this responsibility on an elderly person, it is easy to see how mistakes can be easily made. If you come to notice during a holiday visit that your loved one could benefit from home care and help with medication management, please contact us at Champion Home Health Care at 321-608-3838.