Tips to Help Seniors Manage Their Medication
As we age, many of us begin to develop new and persistent health problems. In fact, according to the CDC, over 85% of people over the age of 65 have at least one chronic condition, while more than 23% have three or more chronic health problems.
If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a chronic condition like heart disease, arthritis, asthma, COPD, or diabetes, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out how to effectively manage their condition without sacrificing their independence or quality of life.
Fortunately, for many of the most common chronic conditions, effective management at home is achievable with just a few adjustments.
Home Adaptations for Safety and Comfort
To start, your senior loved one needs a safe and comfortable home environment that accommodates their chronic conditions, especially if they have a health issue that affects mobility, vision, or physical capabilities, like arthritis or diabetes.
There are plenty of seemingly simple modifications that can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and enhance their quality of life. For example, strategically placing grab bars, installing good lighting throughout the house, and removing any potential tripping hazards can help prevent falls. Adjustable beds and chairs can also provide added comfort and assistance.
For conditions that affect breathing, high-quality air filters and a switch to scent-free cleaning products can also make a big difference. Seniors with diabetes often experience hearing loss, so phones, doorbells, and smoke alarms that use strobes rather than sounds may be useful as well.
Effective Medication Management
Medication compliance is vital when dealing with chronic illnesses, but it’s also something that many seniors struggle with, often due to memory issues or financial concerns. So it’s important to establish a system that ensures they take their medications correctly and on time.
Pill organizers, reminders, and automatic dispensers can be extremely helpful, as well as automatic medication refills and home deliveries, if possible. If your loved one has multiple doctors and medications, you may want to keep a detailed medication list and regularly review it with their healthcare providers to prevent adverse drug interactions and side effects.
Importance of Regular Doctor Visits
Regular doctor visits are essential for monitoring the progress of chronic conditions and adjusting treatment plans as necessary. These visits provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals to assess the effectiveness of current treatments and make changes when needed to improve health outcomes and quality of life. They also give seniors an opportunity to discuss any new concerns or symptoms they may be experiencing.
Helpful Tools and Resources
Modern technology can make it easier to manage chronic conditions at home. For example, many doctors’ offices and insurance companies offer telehealth services as a convenient way for seniors to consult with their doctors without leaving home. There are also wearables and health apps that can track health metrics and alert users to any changes.
Apps like Medcorder or Abridge are a fantastic resource for seniors and their caregivers as well. These apps allow you to record doctor visits, make notes, review transcripts, and more, ensuring everyone who needs it has first-hand access to the information at any time.
Finally, chronic conditions can take an emotional and mental toll on patients, and there are tons of local or online support groups that can help seniors navigate these new challenges or simply lend an understanding listening ear.
Improving Health Outcomes with Affordable In-Home Care
For seniors with chronic conditions, the additional support of a professional in-home caregiver can be just what they need to manage their health challenges more effectively and retain their independence and quality of life. If your loved one needs a little extra help managing their conditions, Right Hand Care offers affordable, compassionate in-home care designed to fit their unique needs.
Our caregivers can help ensure medication compliance, assist with daily tasks, help with hygiene and grooming, provide companionship and emotional support, and more. With Right Hand Care, you can have peace of mind knowing your loved one is receiving the high-quality care they need in the comfort of their own home.
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