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Keeping Seniors Safe at Home

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Older loved ones should have a reliable way to manage their prescriptions and a process to get rid of all unused and expired medications.

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Keeping seniors safe at home means learning more about the many resources that are available to older adults and their family caregivers. If your mom and dad want to stay at home, make sure they have everything they need to guard against medication mistakes.

Older loved ones should have a reliable way to manage their medicines and a process to get rid of all unused and expired medications. Look for one of the Home Instead's Mission MedicineSM events in your area. These events feature drop-off sites to safely throw away all unused medications. Or contact a local pharmacy to learn about other ways to get rid of old prescriptions such as local collection sites.

Here's another safety resource: the Senior Emergency KitSM, an information management toolkit that offers an easy way to log seniors' medications and keep them in one place so you can help older adults manage many medications.

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Last revised: April 11, 2011

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  1. January 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Posted by cecilia echevarria

    I work in the medical field and, I have noticed more and more each day that alot of seniors need help,.they live alone or even married senior couples. We in the medical field see them in our hospitals,clinic,doctor visits and need to step in and be better advocates. it breaks my heart to see a patient being discharge knowing he needs help at home and the other spouse is in the same poor condition that they cant barely help one another .We need to come out with a better plan to help them in there last golden years here in our earth.not just throw them in a snf and thats it many want to be home .and while they can still talk and communicate we should make sure to educate them in what there is out there for them as far as care-giving, home-health. we need to go to their homes and pay visits.not social workers ready to blow the whistle. put them in snf. lets come up with a plan (outreach program-teams) to visit our seniors..I cam just hear it "i have no time "but there is individuals out there that would love to help. volunteers form our own churches teenagers college kids nursing students. much money thrown to alot of things.we should take this to the board for funds for our seniors.. lets get it together for there sake THE SENIORS.


    • February 20, 2012 at 10:17 am | Posted by Thomas Lorenz

      Dear Cecilia, I think your post is exactly right on. As we boomers move through, the cost of care in ALFs and SNFs will be skyrocketing. In my master's program at University of Massachusetts I wrote a paper on it using Genworth and Medicare statistics. More and more we will see seniors, not just those in poverty or barely above the FPL, we will see seniors and thier adult children having to make very serious and painful decisions. Add to it the "Merchants of Doom" who profess "privatization" as the only way out of our health care costs (they including President Obama ignore the sensible suggestions of the Presidents Commision on Medicare/Medicaid Reform chaired by Erskin Bowles of NC) and you have a formula for disaster as the "privatizers" keep pushing harder and harder to divert their money away from the system and into private government accounts. It will cause severe cuts in programs for the most vulnerable, and, the federal government through health care privatized accounts that invest in the stock market, will have control of the stock market since they will control the health care privatized accounts. It's a bad situation that will only get worse. I feel your sense of urgency. That is why I am starting a business to assess senior and disabled persons homes to keep them in home as long as possible, bring technology to thier aid such as in medicine dispensers etc., supply Smart Home technology, and, provide certified transition services. I have also taken grant writing courses so that I can write grants to cover the costs of servicing seniors at or 125% of Federal Poverty Line (FPL). I would like to hear more of your suggestions and learn from you what you feel I can do to help seniors in my area and migrate my business to other areas! Warmest Regards, Tom


  2. April 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Posted by Colleen

    I just wanted to let you know how helpful all of your information is. I do companion care for a few folks and every time I receive your email I am always amazed with all the wonderful information you provide to people. Thank you for such a wonderful service you do. I will keep you in mind if I get calls from folks who are looking for more assistance than I can provide. Many blessings, Colleen


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