Like many, you may be caring for aging parents. Oftentimes, these elderly relatives are on prescription medications that are vital to their health and well-being. Statistics show that many people over age 65 have at least five prescriptions. Properly managing multiple prescriptions can be difficult for older adults, especially when new prescriptions are added over time. When not managed properly, non-adherence to dosage instructions may lead to the need for emergency care. Making sure medicines are taken in a timely and consistent manner is of utmost importance.
The good news is there are simple tools at your disposal to help older parents manage prescriptions. Here are several ways to improve prescription adherence.
Make a List
Create a list of medicines and help your parents keep it updated. On the list, include the name and a visual description of each medicine, what it is for, the dose, when and how often the medicine is taken, and any special instructions. Create a simple form on paper or on a computer and review and update it often. Post the list where parents can see and use it when necessary. Your pharmacist can help you pull together prescription information.
Use a Pill Organizer
A pill organizer like Mediset is a surefire way to help with prescription management. This easy-to-use organizer makes it simple to distribute each pill dose according to prescription instructions. This organizer indicates the day and time each medicine should be taken.
Use a Prepackaged Tool
Another type of organizer is the OnePac. This organizer comes in the form of individualized sealed packets that are stamped with the dose date and time for patient convenience.
Get Prescription Delivery
If you are helping an elderly parent who has limited mobility or who no longer drives, work with their pharmacy to set up a delivery service. This makes it easy for prescriptions to be refilled in a timely manner, which is important to a consistent medicine routine. In some cases, pharmacies offer free delivery.
A pharmacy is a great resource for helping you manage prescriptions. At Wiley’s Pharmacy, we can help you decipher and follow doctor’s orders, which is key to maintaining good health. Your health is important to us. That’s why you can rely on Wiley’s Pharmacy for all your prescription needs. Come see us today.