Modern medicine facilitates longevity and enables quality of life through
the proper management of medical conditions. However, it can also pose
multiple problems for seniors. Far too many seniors suffer from adverse
side effects, overdoses, and skipped doses because of poor
medication management. If you are concerned about your loved one’s health, it may be time
to consider enrolling him or her in an Alzheimer’s care program
within a home-like environment.
When a senior fails to take his or her medication, a medical condition
could become more severe. In some cases, depending on the condition, this
could be life-threatening. There are many reasons why a senior might skip
doses. Seniors who need Alzheimer’s care have problems with memory
loss. Others with visual impairments may not be able to read the medication
instructions properly. If a senior has arthritis, he or she may not possess
the manual dexterity necessary to open a pill bottle.
Taking too much of a medication is another significant problem for seniors
with dementia. It is not uncommon for a senior to forget that he or she
already took a particular drug and to take one or more additional doses.
Medication toxicity can lead to severe side effects, which may be life-threatening.
Another issue that may prompt changes in medication management is adverse
side effects. Seniors are
more susceptible to suffering side effects from medications. This can lead to serious harm. For example, dizziness
can lead to a fall. If this is a potential problem for your loved one,
you can protect his or her safety and well-being by moving your loved
one to an Alzheimer’s care community.
Avalon Memory Care has long been a trusted community resource for families of loved ones
with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. When it is time
to develop a dementia nursing care plan in Fort Worth or Dallas for your
loved one, you can rely on our professionals to listen carefully to your
family’s concerns and to thoroughly assess your loved one’s
needs. Families are invited to call (214) 752-7050 with any questions
they may have about our Alzheimer’s care services, including medication