There are not as many seniors as you may imagine there would be. In fact, individuals who are 65 years of age or older account for only about 14% of the US population overall. Under normal circumstances, one would expect seniors then to take only about 14% of the medication prescribed in this country. The truth, however, is much different. In fact, seniors consume some 40% of all prescription drugs taken in the United States.
What makes these numbers so frightening is the fact that many people who are 65 years old or older often lose at least part of their cognitive abilities as they age, which means they end up having trouble staying on top of their medications schedule. What’s more, seniors’ prescription medication schedules can get very complicated, making them all that much more difficult to keep up with. The numbers show that seniors between 65 and 69 years of age fill their prescriptions 14 times on an annual level. That number goes up even more for individuals between 80 and 84 years of age, who end up filling their prescriptions 18 times a year on average. This all means that older adults often need personal home care assistance to manage their medications in a healthy and safe environment.
Proper personal home care is more important than you may imagine for seniors who take prescription medication. In fact, data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that as many as 33% of senior hospitalizations could have been avoided had the older adults taken their medications as prescribed by a doctor. At the same time, up to 40% of nursing home admissions could potentially be avoided by older adults with proper personal home care and medication management, according to the American Pharmacists Association. It is no secret that pretty much all seniors across the board want to avoid being readmitted to the hospital or having to move to a nursing home. Let’s take a look at some of the ways personal home care professionals can help your loved one stay safe and manage their medication.
In Twin Falls, ID, a caregiver can assist your loved one with:
- Organize their medication;
- Stay on top of expiration dates;
- Pick up their medication;
- Read instructions and labels;
- Keep an eye on side effects.
Call us at (208) 215-7084 for more information on our medication safety and management devices.
Medication Safety and Management
Comfort Keepers In Home Care is proud to provide senior care in the following cities and neighborhoods in Idaho:
Albion, Almo, American Falls, Arbon, Buhl, Burley, Castleford, Declo, Eden, Filer, Hansen, Hazelton, Heyburn, Jerome, Kimberly, Malta, Minidoka, Murtaugh, Oakley, Paul, Pocatello, Rockland, Rogerson, Rupert, and Twin Falls