What is Medication
Medication management is a service that helps people, especially seniors, to manage’ their medications. It ensures that proper medicines are being taken in appropriate dosage at the appropriate time, and prevents the adverse drug reactions due to medication errors. At Compassionate Caregivers, the clinician will communicate with your loved ones physician at the start of medication management and throughout their care. The clinician will also help coordinate with the clients pharmacy.
Stats Emphasizing the Need for Medication Management
Here are 5 alarming statistics that may compel you to think to choose a medication management service
for your beloved seniors, or yourselves.
- According to the American Association of Consultant Pharmacists, those aged between 65 and 69 years of age take and average of 15 perscriptions per year, while those from 80-84 take an average of 18.
- About 2/3 of U.S. citizens are on prescribed medications, 50% of whom do not take their medication as prescribed.
- Around 50% of epileptic patients forget to take their medicine at least once in a month (this can lead to life-threatening seizures in such patients)
- According to CDC, seniors with 65 years or more of age pay visits to hospital emergencies, average 450,000 times each year (twice than younger people), most of them are due to an adverse drug event.
- According to the FDA, adverse drug reactions take 100,000 lives each year, making it the 4th leading cause of death in America.
- More than 15% of hospitalizations involving elderly patients are caused by or related to adverse drug reactions. Polypharmacy is common among the elderly.
Compassionate Caregivers: the right choice of medication management
Medication Management of Compassionate Caregivers: why is it necessary for seniors?
Medication management service is specifically essential for older people because of:
- Multiple Medications
As people advance in age, the number of medicines and bottles of pills in their cabinet keeps on
increasing because of the development of multiple chronic diseases. Taking more than one type of
medication simultaneously poses a high risk of drug interactions in seniors as well as taking
outdated medications because of multiple medications.
- Cognitive conditions
Mental problems, like dementia, fall in cognitive abilities, etc., are quite common in older people. It
becomes quite difficult for them to remember the correct dosages and purposes of different
medicines. They may also forget to take their meds on time, or may even take double doses accidentally.
- Consulting Multiple Doctors at a Time
Due to various chronic health disorders, it is quite common that seniors are seeing multiple doctors
of different field specialties at a time. Medicine prescribed by one doctor for a particular illness, may
interact with that of other diseases, prescribed by another physician. It can cause adverse reactions
Older adults are often too weak to take their medicines themselves. They need someone to take
care of them and their medications intake.
Compassionate Caregivers takes care of all these things and alleviates the worries of seniors regarding
their meds. Our nurses have a proper insight into the adverse drug reactions of polypharmacy (taking
multiple different medications). We do a complete analysis of your health and prescribed medications to
avoid such complications.