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Stay on Track and Healthy with Better Medication Management

Posted on: January 11th, 2013 by CareNet Inc Admin

Studies show that 55% of seniors do not take their prescription drugs correctly, and the consequences can be dangerous. Knowing more about your senior loved one’s prescriptions can keep medication mistakes to a minimum and allow him or her to receive the maximum benefits of the medications. Take the following steps to improve medication management:

Be in the Know Right from the Start. Before you leave the doctor’s office, be sure to know the following information about your loved one’s prescriptions:

  • The name of the drug
  • What the drug is prescribed for
  • How, when and how long to take the drug
  • Correct dosage
  • Possible side effects and drug interactions

Also, make sure to have your loved one’s doctor periodically conduct a medication review to assess which drugs are still needed and determine which ones could be eliminated.

Keep a Master List of Meds. Having a complete list of all prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements that your loved one takes can be a big help at the doctor’s office. This list should contain all of the information from the list above, as well as:

  • The color and shape of the drug (or a photo of the drug if possible)
  • The prescribing physician’s name and contact information
  • Date the medication was started, and whether or not it should be refilled and taken ongoing
  • Date the list was last updated

If your loved one needs some assistance keeping track of a medication regimen, the caregivers at CareNet are happy to help. Contact us in the Anchorage area for more information about our medication management and other in-home care services.

Benefits of Care in the Home

Posted on: September 6th, 2012 by CareNet Inc Admin

There’s no place like home. It’s a famous saying for a good reason. As we age, there truly is no place like home when it comes to familiarity, comfort, and care. Every day, more and more seniors choose to age in place near their friends, family members, and familiar surroundings, but there are many more benefits to receiving care in the home. The following are just a few reasons you or your loved one should consider in-home care:

  • Generally, home care leads to higher quality of and satisfaction with life, even when frailty is a factor.
  • In-home care allows seniors to maintain their independence and dignity, even as they become more dependent on caregivers.
  • Studies show that home care promotes healing. Research demonstrates that patients heal quicker and more comfortably at home than in a hospital or nursing home setting.
  • Caregivers can provide clients with healthy, nutritional meals that both appeal to the individual and meet any specific dietary restrictions.
  • Caregivers keep seniors active with personalized daily exercise plans.
  • Home care is usually more cost-effective than the costs of a nursing home or assisted living facility.

For more information on the benefits of home care, visit our resource page.

At CareNet, Inc. our passion is helping seniors age in place in the comfort of their own homes. To learn more about the benefits of in-home care or our care services, contact us today in Anchorage, AK at 907-274-5620.

 

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