Better Medication Management with Non Medical Senior Care Services
Today’s post spotlights the dangers and prevalence of medication misuse, then explains how non medical senior care services can help keep your loved one safe in the face of this epidemic.
The Impact of Medication Misuse
The impact of medication misuse among the elderly in Katy, Texas is staggering and often goes unrecognized. One study by the journal of Drugs and Aging estimates that the “true rate of adherence to medication regimens ranges from 26-59% in persons aged 60 years and older” (MacLaughlin et al., 2005, p. 232). Further, as much as half of all filled prescriptions in daily clinical practice are taken incorrectly. Conservative estimates suggest that medication misuse accounts for 10% of hospital admissions.
In the United States and Canada, epidemiological studies have identified widespread medication misuse in nursing homes. One meta-analysis published by the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that up to 40% of nursing home residents have used “potentially inappropriate medications” (Fialová et al., 2005, p. 1348-1349).
These findings echo those contained in a recent report by the Human Rights Watch. According to their research, nursing homes across the US regularly administer antipsychotic drugs to residents to control their behavior, which violates rules against the misuse of drugs as “chemical restraints.” In an average week, nursing facilities are said to administer antipsychotic drugs to over 179,000 people who do not have diagnoses for which the drugs are needed. Kansas, Illinois, and Texas were deemed to have the highest proportions of residents on antipsychotic drugs.
Of course, not all medication misuse is quite so malicious. More often than not, medication misuse boils down to poor health literacy among the elderly, or simple forgetfulness. But that doesn’t make it any less dangerous.
Non Medical Senior Care Services Can Help
Medication adherence “demands a working relationship between a patient or caregiver and prescriber that values open, honest discussion about medications,” including the administration schedule, intended benefits, adverse effects, and costs (MacLaughlin et al., 2005, p. 231-232).
At Always Best Care SW Houston (Katy), our qualified caregivers monitor and support your loved one’s medication management every step of the way. In addition to general monitoring, medication reminders, and preparing food to take with prescriptions, our team can schedule healthcare appointments and accompany your loved one to their consultations. In this way, non medical senior care services can bridge the communication gap between patient and prescriber, and advocate for your loved one throughout the process.
Why Choose ABC SW Houston (Katy)?
Our non medical senior care services are some of the best in the business.
After almost 30 years in the healthcare industry, our president and owner Guido Cubellis knows that quality control is essential in non medical home care services. That’s why Always Best Care employs all staff (no subcontractors!), and conducts extensive background and references checks on all new hires. Further, we require all employees to complete initial and ongoing training to ensure that best practices are being maintained at all times.
ABC SW Houston (Katy) offers a broad continuum of care services that can be tailored to meet your family’s needs. Whether your loved one requires dementia care or simple support for the activities of daily living (ADL), they deserve quality medication management, and we can help.
Visit https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/tx/katy/care-services/in-home-care/ to learn more about our non medical senior care services, or call 281-231-2813 to book a free consultation with our long-term care team.
Fialová, D., Topinková, E., Gambassi, G., Finne-Soveri, H., Jónsson, P. V., Carpenter, I., &Reissigová, J. (2005). Potentially inappropriate medication use among elderly home care patients in Europe. Journal of the American Medical Association, 293(11), 1348-1358.
MacLaughlin, E. J., Raehl, C. L., Treadway, A. K., Sterling, T. L., Zoller, D. P., & Bond, C. A. (2005). Assessing medication adherence in the elderly. Drugs & Aging, 22(3), 231-255.