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If you are a senior, you might be thinking you are adequately managing your medications, but you could be putting yourself in jeopardy. If you are a family caregiver, working together with your older loved one provides an opportunity to keep your senior feeling empowered as well as safe with his or her choices. 

Make sure you and an older adult know the answers to these helpful questions from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP): 

  • What is the name of this medication and why do I need it? 
  • What is this medication supposed to do? 
  • What is the correct dosage? 
  • How does this drug interact with other medications I am taking? 
  • How do I take it—with or without food? 
  • When do I take it—a.m. or p.m.? 
  • What are the benefits and risks of the medication? 
  • What are the side effects of the medicine, and what do I do if they occur? 
  • What food, drinks, other medicines or activities should I avoid while taking the medicine? 
  • How often must the doctor check the medicine’s effects? For example, checking your blood pressure if you are taking a medicine to lower it, or having a laboratory test done to make sure the levels of medicine in your blood are not too high or too low. 
  • Do I need a refill and how do I get one? 
  • Is there written information I can take home about the medication? (Most pharmacies have information sheets on your prescription medicines.) 

Review medications and practices of administering medications together with your senior and medical provider. Consider a Home Instead CAREGiver to support your loved one age safely in the place that they feel the most comfortable – home.  Reach out to Home Instead Senior Care today at(902) 800-7597to set up a complementary care consult with our Client Care Coordinator. At that time, we can help you come up with a care plan suited to you or the needs of your loved one. 

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