As seniors grow older, they may find that they need to take a number of different medications to manage conditions associated with aging. In an assisted living or home care setting, extra care should be taken to manage doses and times, as well as other factors.
Certain medications that help one condition may have an adverse reaction with another type of medication that is taken for another ailment. It is always important to inform your doctor and assisted living aide which medications you are taking to reduce the risk of side effects. One suggestion is to have a list of your medications laminated and placed in your purse or wallet so that you will have it on you at all times. Update this list any time you receive a new medication or stop taking another. Your doctor then has a handy reference to make the best decision on what you would need, or what to avoid.
Medications and Food
Some medications do not react well with some types of food or drinks. It is always advisable to ask your doctor about anything you should avoid while taking a new medication. A reaction could cause side effects for you or cancel out the effectiveness of the medication you were prescribed.
Setting a timer to remind you of when to take your medications could help with missed doses. Also, a medication box with daily pills and vitamins could help organize your pills. Some seniors get help from working pet friends who remind them when it’s time to take a dose.
Whenever you are given new pills, experience side effects or don’t feel well while taking medication, please, alert your home health care or assisted living aide and your physician. You should also inform them of a missed dose, in case any serious action is needed.