Protect Seniors from Fraud
Safe medication management involves give and take between your senior loved one and his or her doctor and pharmacist. You are an important supporter as well for Mom and Dad. You can accompany your parents to the doctor or pharmacy to make sure they ask the right questions.
If you can't be there, CAREGiversSM from Home Instead Senior Care® often are asked by family members to go with an older adult to the doctor, serving as a second set of eyes and ears.
Consider the following important questions from Home Instead Senior Care and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) that seniors should ask a doctor whenever they are prescribed a new medication:
Seniors who are seeing many doctors are at increased risk of medication problems. Try to ensure that older adults have one doctor overseeing all of their medications.
Also, look for an independent pharmacy or a specialist in geriatrics, or a pharmacist specialized in the unique medication needs of the older population. Go to www.medsandaging.org to find such a pharmacist near you and to learn more about talking with your doctor.
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