The professionals at LivHOME understand that many conditions, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, require medication on a daily basis in order for seniors to stay healthy as they age. However, taking medication can be a real challenge for many seniors and their caregivers. As seniors continue to age, their bodies begin to alter the way that medications work, making medication safety even more important. Additionally, many seniors face problems with eyesight, memory and the ability to adequately grip a medication bottle. LivHOME at-home healthcare services are a wonderful way to ensure the safety of seniors who face these challenges.
In the United States, seniors account for 34 percent of all prescription medication use and around 30 percent of over-the-counter medication. It is also common for seniors to take multiple medications on a daily basis. For these reasons, seniors are at risk for serious medication administration errors. In fact, almost 40 percent of seniors are unable to read their own medication bottle instructions, while 67 percent of seniors are not able to understand medication information given to them. The following three steps will help seniors and their caregivers to properly administer medications each day and avoid the dangerous side effects of medication errors.