Adults who are 65 or older actually account for only about 14% of the US population overall. At first glance, this number may not seem very alarming, but it is actually very low if you consider the fact that seniors are prescribed 40% of all prescription drugs taken in the United States. These numbers are frightening if placed in the context of the fact that many seniors lose at least some of their cognitive abilities with age and have trouble staying on top of their medications as they age. Older adults between 65 and 69 years of age and those between 80 and 84 years old fill their prescriptions 14 and 18 times a year on average respectively. As you can imagine, there is a great need for a personal care assistant to help older adults manage their medications.
We are going to take it a step further with alarming statistics in order to stress the importance of a personal care assistant in medication safety and management. Recent data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that as many as 33% or more of hospitalizations of older adults are in some way related to medication non-adherence. To make matters worse, as many as 40% of nursing home admissions of senior citizens could have been avoided with proper medication management, according to the American Pharmacists Association. You probably already know that hospitalization and nursing home admission rank among seniors’ worst nightmares. If you want to help your loved one avoid both, consider how a personal care assistant could help improve their life for the better.
In State College, PA, a personal care assistant can help your loved one with the following when it comes to medication management and safety:
- They can organize their prescription drugs for them;
- They can keep track of expiration dates and make sure your loved one is taking only the best medication available;
- They can go to the pharmacy for them;
- They can read labels for them;
- They can keep an eye on your loved one to make sure they are not experiencing any adverse effects of the medication.
To find out more about our home care and medication management in State College, PA, please give us a call today at (814) 283-6162.
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