Pharmacists can be great allies to families caring for their elderly loved ones, especially where medications are concerned. Here are 4 questions that can help forge this alliance and enhance your loved one’s care.
1. What Side Effects Should My Loved One Expect?
Even the highest quality medications can still have side effects. It’s best to know what these side effects are in advance so you and your loved one can prepare for them. Common side effects include nausea, fatigue, and dizziness. Knowing about more unusual potential side effects can help Vancouver caregivers allay concerns and put matters in perspective.
2. What Happens If He or She Misses a Dose?
Even when receiving high-quality home care in Vancouver, seniors can forget to take their medications, or unforeseen circumstances can delay a dose. The pharmacist can make sure you know what to do, whether it’s reminding your loved one to take the next dose as soon as possible or waiting to get back on track. He or she can also explain what side effects your and your loved one should expect when a dose is missed.
3. Will This Drug Interact with Any of His or Her Other Medications?
Many seniors take multiple medications. Not all of them work well with each other, so it’s best to ask the pharmacist if any of your loved one’s current medications will interact with a new prescription. You may also want to ask about food and drink interactions, especially if your loved one drinks alcohol, which interacts with many medications. In some cases, interactive effects are impossible to prevent. As with side effects, the pharmacist can let you know what to expect in these situations.
4. How Long Will He or She Be Taking This Medication?
Many medications are taken for long durations, like those for managing blood pressure or cholesterol. However, for other medications like antibiotics, only a short course is typically necessary to achieve the desired results. The pharmacist can convey the importance of your loved one completing a course of treatment and complying with his or her physician’s directives regarding medication.
If your loved one is taking one or more medications and needs regular reminders to take them, a caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help. In addition to providing medication reminders and helping with other everyday tasks, we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and dementia care Vancouver, BC, seniors and their families can rely on. For more information and to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Case Managers, call today.