How to Make Sure Aging Parents are Taking Mediations

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Is Mom Taking Her Medications?

By Ted Holmgren, 8:00 am on May 23, 2014

It can be worrying if you live far from your aging loved one and are not able to see them on a regular basis. Check-in phone calls are great, but they can leave you concerned, feeling as if you’re missing something. While there may be numerous reasons to cause concern, one of the most difficult to identify without face to face meetings is medication management. If you live far from your aging parent or loved one and are concerned they are not taking their medications, the following care options can help provide you with peace of mind.

One of the easiest ways to help a senior with medication management is by setting a good system in place. Today, there are countless medication organizers, pill dispensers and alarms and reminders available to help make sure medications are not forgotten. You may want to consider purchasing one for your aging loved one so they can track medications independently. In some cases a phone call or video conference may be needed to help with the initial set up.

If you have any family or close neighbors in the area, call them and ask if they can visit with your parent or loved one on a regular basis. If this is not possible and you suspect that your parent is not taking medications properly, you could also consider a professional Scottsdale home health aide from a local agency. Generally, these aides cannot administer medicine but they can provide reminders and raise the alarm if a patient is failing to be compliant.

For families with aging loved ones who live in a senior living or assisted living community, voice your concerns to the charge nurse or administrator and see what you can do to provide more oversight. Even in independent living facilities, it is sometimes possible to have an outside caregiver come in to provide additional support and to monitor if medication is being taken as prescribed.

These are all options to consider if you live far away but want to make sure that your loved one is being compliant with medications. For families with aging loved ones in Scottsdale, contact Home Care Assistance and learn more about our hourly care plans. With hourly care in Scottsdale, AZ, your loved one can receive assistance on minimal or as-needed basis and you can enjoy peace of mind that a caring and experienced care professional is assisting them with medication reminders and daily activities.

To learn more about our care services, visit our website at www.homecareassistancescottsdale.com or contact a Care Manager directly at 480-448-6215. We offer complimentary consultations and are more than happy to answer any of your questions.