There are so many incredible things that come along with aging. As the year’s progress, knowledge is amassed. Relationships are strengthened and often times people begin to realize what is truly important. What an incredible time to be alive and thrive! Naturally, as our bodies age so does the likelihood of needing to take prescription medications to assist with the aging process. Did you know that the senior population, those over the age of 65, make up almost 14% of the population yet take 40% of all prescribed medications? The average person between the ages of 65 and 69 can take upwards of 14 medications in a given year. This number increases to 18 for those between the ages of 84 and 89. The advances in medicine have allowed us to live longer but with increased medication use comes additional risks. Do the medications interact? Are some prescriptions still needed? Who manages daily doses? How can you tell if you are having an adverse reaction?
Managing your prescriptions can feel like a full-time job. When you meet with different physicians or doctors, make sure you have a list of all your medications, even over the counter ones. It is important for your healthcare team to be aware of everything you are taking. Some medications will not work properly and can even cause harm when taken with others. If you are being treated for multiple conditions, you may not be able to take certain drugs. Take charge of your health by staying informed and providing all your information to any doctor you work with.
Knowledge is power when it comes to taking care of your health and prescription management. Be sure to speak openly and candidly with your health care providers and pharmacists. If you are the primary caregiver of a senior taking multiple medications you will want to stay informed too. Here are some great questions to ask on their behalf if you are concerned:
- What is this medication used for?
- How do I take it properly?
- Will it interact with anything else I am taking?
- How often do I need to take this?
- Are there any dietary changes I should make?
- Do I take it on an empty or full stomach?
- How do I get refills? Do I need refills?
- When will it take effect?
Champion Home Health Care has the honor of caring for seniors throughout Melbourne, FL and all of Brevard County. We are able to fully customize in-home health care for seniors whether it be companionship or 24/7 care. We work with caregivers and physicians to coordinate a care plan specifically for you or the senior in your life. We know how important it is to take medications correctly and this is why we also provide medication management. When you or someone you love desires to live longer at home, you may need some additional help. This is why we exist, to provide the residents of Brevard County, FL with excellence and compassion. Contact our office today for more information. We look forward to working with and for you.