Taking Control of Medicines: Strategies for Effectively Managing Medications
As our parents age, for a number of reasons, they may mismanage their medications, as evidenced by missed medications, medication errors, exacerbation or decline in medical conditions, and more. As a result, high rates of hospitalization and re-hospitalization are prevalent. Missed medications, medication errors, and non-compliance often stem from knowledge deficit, physical limitations, lack of access, forgetfulness, and/or just simply being overwhelmed with so many prescriptions or life, in general. The good news is that there is medication management assistance available to prevent medication mishaps. Making even slight changes to a parent’s understanding, improving accessibility, providing organizational and reminder devices, arranging home delivery of prescriptions, etc., can help older loved ones remain safe, reduce potential hospitalizations and increase independence for longer periods of time.
Speaker: Denee Shipman, RN, CDP
Denee is a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience.