How an Elderly Care Expert Can Help
Caring for elderly loved ones can be a challenge, even for the most conscientious of us. Monitoring every aspect of another’s day can present issues that had rarely, if at all, considered. Medications often fall under the category of those things that weren’t given full thought and consideration. Caregivers sometimes mistakenly believe that as long as the medications are being taken that all should be well.
When in charge of administering a loved one’s medications make sure to avoid the following pitfalls:
- Not properly storing medications. The efficacy of a number of different medications can be vastly affected by how they are stored. Avoid the varying temps of the bathroom and kitchen, which can also become quite humid and store medicines in a cool, dark place. If it needs refrigeration remember to keep it chilled.
- Filling prescriptions at more than one pharmacy. This can lead to issues with drug interactions as the pharmacist is not getting the full history of the patient or the full pharmacology report, which can lead to dangerous drug interactions.
- Modifying pills to be swallowed. Though swallowing pills can sometimes be difficult, cutting them in half or crushing them can actually change the chemistry of the pill, possibly causing it to lose its efficacy or to lose its time-release capabilities. Ask the prescribing doctor or pharmacist if there is an alternate medication or if it comes in other forms.
At Synergy Home Care, we strive to make sure that you and your loved ones are always taken care of with the best non-medical elderly care in Yuma. We work to properly train our caretakers to aid health care aides to ensure the comprehensive care and safety of your aging or home-bound loved one. Contact our customer care team at 928-723-0085 for more information on this and our many other services.