As an in-home senior care agency serving clients in the San Francisco Bay Area, we know that many seniors take several medications on a daily basis. In fact, of those 65 and older, about 40% take five or more medications. Given the fact that combining some medications can cause a harmful interaction, it's important to manage medications in a way that is smart and will help ensure your loved one's health and safety.
According to JAMA Internal Medicine's "Changes in Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication and Dietary Supplement Use Among Older Adults in the United States, 2005 vs 2011," from April 2016, about 15% of older adults may be at an increased risk for potentially harmful drug interactions. This equates to about one in seven seniors who take multiple medications.
How can you help manage medications to ensure your loved one's safety?
Medications can often extend a senior's life or improve their health, however using medications that may have harmful interactions can actually cause a decline in health.
At Care Indeed our goal is to make it easier for you to provide good care for an aging loved one. Whether you're interested in respite care; care for dementia; or daily help with meals, hygiene, light cleaning, and other daily tasks, our Bay Area in-home caregivers can help.
Home care is derived from the belief that older adults should be able to age at home with the level of care they need to be safe and comfortable.