Strategies for Keeping Your Aging Parents from Mixing Up Prescriptions & Dosages
If you are caring for an aging adult such as a parent or grandparent, you are likely aware that their cognitive abilities and memory are growing increasingly worse with each passing year. As a caretaker, you may be eager to help prevent their dwindling memory from leading to accidents or self-inflicted harm, as is often the case with medication mistakes.
When it comes to prescription medications, there are 3 things you can do to keep your loved one safe:
- Check the Beers List: Evaluate your parent’s current and future prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to see if they are on the Beers Criteria List published by the American Geriatrics Society, which outlines medications that should not be used among older adults. If you are not sure whether a given medication or its category is listed, ask your physician for help clarifying.
- Evaluate the progress of symptoms: Your parent may start taking more of a certain medication if it does not effectively alleviate symptoms, or they may stop taking it altogether. Be sure to monitor how your loved one’s symptoms are progressing, changing, or otherwise being affected by related medications and speak to a doctor if a prescribed medication does not appear to bring relief.
- Meet with a primary care doctor: Older adults often accumulate medications over the course of many years. Rounding up all of those pills bottles and taking them with you on your next doctor visit could be a great way to weed out old, incorrect, or otherwise dangerous prescriptions.
Primary Care and Medication Management in the Greater Fort Worth Area
At Primary Care Associates of Texas, are prepared to help you take the best possible care of yourself and your loved ones. We provide attentive, knowledgeable support for family caregivers and their loved ones, and our Fort Worth primary care doctors are able to help you implement safe, proven methods of medication management and organization.
This is just one of the many ways we can help you and your family avoid deadly medication errors and preserve health, well-being, and longevity as much as possible. We also provide a number of other key services, including:
We can help you face the future with confidence. Call to speak to a member of our team today, or book your appointment with us online.