Many seniors take a variety of drugs to manage their chronic conditions, and you may worry about whether your elderly loved one is taking the right medications at the right times, and in the right dosage. You are right to be concerned. According to Drugwatch, almost 40 million seniors suffer from drug complications each year, and almost 250,000 of those complications are life-threatening.
It can be extremely difficult for seniors to manage medications at home, and medication non-compliance comes in many forms. For instance, your elderly loved one may put themselves at risk if they:
- Forget to take medications
- Disregard or misunderstand medication instructions
- Take someone else’s medications
- Fail to refill a prescription
- Stop a prescription early
The Importance of Medication Compliance at Home
Taking medications as prescribed is vital to good health. However, many seniors have trouble managing the drugs they are prescribed. Caregivers understand the importance of medication compliance and can help your elderly loved one take the right drug at the right times, and in the right dosage. This can be particularly beneficial for seniors who are coping with chronic conditions and/or Alzheimer’s and dementia, which are often treated with medications that affect overall well-being and mood.
Without the proper support and supervision, poor medication management can lead to:
- Increased falls at home
- Hospitalization or re-admission
- Progression of condition or disease
- Reduced functional abilities
- Increased healthcare costs
Medication Reminder Services by LivHOME
Medication reminders help individuals take their daily medications at the right times and in the right amounts, eliminating missed doses and mitigating the risks of side effects, allergic reactions, dangerous drug interactions, and other potentially tragic outcomes.
A LivHOME Caregiver can ensure medications are taken properly, eliminating missed doses and mitigating the risks of side effects, allergic reactions, dangerous drug interactions, and other potentially harmful outcomes for seniors. In addition, having caregivers who oversee and monitor medications provides peace of mind, for your elderly loved one and for you.
Put your mind at ease. Let our care team provide medication reminders and:
- Pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy
- Fill pillboxes with prescribed amounts
- Record the time when medications are taken
- Discard expired medications
- Report medication non-compliance
Medication Reminders App with Proactive Follow-up
LivHOME Caregivers now use care technology to ensure medication compliance. Our senior-friendly tablet can help confirm when a medication was taken and alerts an on-call Connect Advisor if a follow-up phone or video call is needed. With LivHOME, your elderly loved one’s care team can:
- Create customized alerts
- Receive call if non-compliance occurs
- Chart medication compliance
- Share reports with medical teams
Frequently Asked Questions About Medication Reminders
It’s not easy for elderly people and their families to navigate the aging process. If you have questions about medication monitoring, LivHOME is here to help.
Q: Can Caregivers Administer Medications?
By law, only a licensed nurse can administer medications through injections, IV therapy, suppositories, and force feeding. Caregivers can provide medication reminders, which are an effective way to prevent medication errors among seniors who live at home. A caregiver can ensure medications are taken properly, eliminating missed doses and mitigating the risks of side effects, allergic reactions, dangerous drug interactions, and other potentially harmful issues.
Q: How Much Does Your Medication Reminders App Cost?
The LivHOME medication reminders app is free and included with our caregiving services, which come with the LivHOME tablet. This technology allows us to provide better services and improve outcomes.