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Senior Care River Oaks TX: Medication Reminders are Important for Seniors’ Good Health

Senior Care River Oaks TX: Medication Reminders are Important for Seniors’ Good Health

Most seniors are on one or more medications daily. These medications are part of a care plan set out by their physician to manage any medical concerns that they may have. Compliance with this plan is critical for senior’s health and well-being. Unfortunately, it is estimated that more than half of seniors regularly don’t comply with their prescription recommendations. Of course seniors with memory issues and limited mobility are at a much higher risk of not being in comply with the medication regimens that were given to them by their doctors.Senior Care River Oaks TX

Also medications are in place just to provide comfort to seniors, noncompliance with prescription instructions of other medications can cause truly life-threatening complications. As a family caregiver you know the importance of your loved one taking his medication and the recommended doses at the appropriate time every day. It is unlikely, however, that you are going to be there for every single dose. This is where the value of a senior care companion comes into play.

While a senior care companion can’t administer medications to a client, there are several other ways to support medication compliance. Some of the ways that a home care companion can encourage a client to take his medication when he needs it include:

  • Pick up prescriptions and make a calendar of when refills will be needed.
  • Monitor when medication is taken to ensure proper usage.
  • Encourage medication to be taken on time.
  • Provide encouragement to other caregivers so that they may understand the importance of medication compliance.

Often medication noncompliance is not a matter of not wanting to take the medication, but simply a matter of not remembering when to take it or not knowing how. Through the monitoring and encouragement of a senior care companion a senior can experience greater compliance with his medication plan, reduced need for visits to the doctor and excessive treatments, and greatly improve their symptoms. This will help you relax knowing that even when you aren’t able to monitor your loved ones medication compliance, that he is getting his treatments properly.

To learn more about senior care in the River Oaks area, contact At Your Side Home Care. Fill out  our web form or call us today!

Donna Wrabel, LMSW

For most of us, the word "home" evokes warm feelings of comfort, security and well-being. For older adults, home also means holding tight to cherished memories and maintaining self-esteem and independence. When illness, injury or age make life a little more challenging, remaining at home in a comfortable, familiar environment encourages recovery and enhances the quality of life. Home can be defined as a private residence, an independent or assisted living facility or even a short term stay in the hospital, we recognize the additional benefits provided by a personal, professional assistant.

Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.

Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week