The very medications that your senior relies on to help her to deal with some of her biggest health issues could put her at risk for a fall. It’s important for you to get as much information as you can about her medications so that you can balance the good that they do for her with the potential risk.
Educate Yourself about Each Medication She’s Taking
Caregivers have a lot to manage and sometimes that means that your elderly family member’s doctor prescribes a medication and you only learn so much about it. This can especially be true if the medication is prescribed to solve a problem for your elderly family member that you’ve been worried about. Do what you can to learn as much as possible about each medication that your elderly family member is taking, even if she’s been taking it for a while.
Consider How Many Medications She’s Taking
Something else to keep in mind is that the more medications your elderly family member is taking, the more the side effects can add up. Two medications that make her a little bit drowsy may be one thing, but if a third gets added to her routine that also has the side effect of drowsiness, that previously manageable side effect may be compounded and become much worse.
Schedule a Medication Review with Her Doctor
It’s always a good idea to schedule periodic medication reviews with your senior’s doctor. This allows you to express concerns about anything you’ve seen, ask questions about the medications, and determine how well the medications are working for your senior. There may be different medications that can solve the same problem for your aging adult and that don’t have the same side effects.
Make Note of Unusual Symptoms or Reactions
Any time that you start to notice unusual symptoms or reactions that you think might be attributable to your senior’s medication, make sure that you mention it to her doctor. Even if what you’re seeing doesn’t seem to be related to her medications, it still could be. Her doctor can rule out potential causes for these new issues you’re noticing.
Make sure that you let other people, such as home care providers helping your senior, know what they might expect to see in terms of side effects and reactions from medications. If she’s more wobbly than usual, they will know that she needs additional support and help.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Mercerville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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