Multiple diagnoses and treatment plans make it difficult for even the most clear-headed and responsible individuals to handle suggested medications and other interventions. Add disorganization or mental incapacity to the mix, and you have a recipe for disaster.
As caretaker, managing symptoms and prescriptions may prove your greatest contribution to your loved one’s health and wellbeing. While this burden may initially seem overwhelming, a few small tweaks can make all the difference, as highlighted below:
A variety of medication and symptom management apps can make your life easier. These allow you to track when and under what circumstances various medications or other treatment options should be administered. Additionally, note-taking apps help you keep a detailed record that you can draw from when discussing your loved one’s condition with health care professionals.
If you’ve yet to establish a medicine cabinet or other dedicated location, make a point of doing so as soon as possible. Both you and your loved one should know exactly where all medications are located at all times. Consider planning out the week by dividing necessary medications into a pill organizer.
Your loved one may no longer be capable of managing medications or other health care essentials, but he or she can provide valuable insight into current symptoms. After all, not all issues will be immediately evident, even to trained professionals. Check in regularly to see how your loved one feels. Ask targeted questions about current symptoms to increase the likelihood of receiving an accurate response.
If a prescription error or other form of negligence has caused a loved one to suffer, it is crucial that you take action. Work with the team at Regan Zambri Long PLLC to seek accountability through the medical malpractice process. Reach out today to get started.Tagged elderly health, Medication, Medication Errors, prescription