Alzheimer’s Care: Ensuring Medication Safety
Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that leads to cognitive and memory decline. As a result, older adults with Alzheimer’s may be prescribed with different medications to help treat the disease and manage mood or behavior changes, in conjunction with other medical conditions. To ensure your senior loved one is taking their medication correctly and safely, here are tips to keep in mind:
- Coordinate with care providers
Aside from their geriatrician, an individual with Alzheimer’s may have multiple care providers. If a home health agency in Texas is involved, be sure to discuss their prescription and over-the-counter medicines. For doctor’s appointments, bring an updated list of medications and dosages too.
- Develop a medication routine
Talk to your senior loved one’s physician regarding how their prescribed medicines should be taken, including what hours of the day and if they should take it after meals or before going to bed. This will help establish a daily routine that you can follow.
- Organize and store medication properly
Using a pillbox with labels is a great way to store your senior loved one’s medication. Make sure to store it in a safe place and properly dispose of medications that are expired or no longer in use.
- Hire a home care agency
Another way to ensure medication safety and adherence is by hiring a home health care agency. Many home care agencies specialize in Alzheimer’s home care, which includes medication reminders and assistance with daily living activities.
1st Choice Home Health Agency is a trusted provider of non medical home care services in Texas. To learn more about our services, give us a call or set an appointment with us today.