Seniors and Medication Mistakes

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Facts about seniors and prescription medications:

Facts about seniors and prescription medications The elderly account for 12.7% of the U.S. population, but consume approximately 34% of total prescriptions. Adverse drug reactions are among the top five greatest threats to the health of seniors. 28% of hospitalizations among seniors are due to adverse drug reactions. Source: American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

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32,000 seniors suffer hip fractures each year due to falls caused by medication-related problems. On average, individuals 65 - 69 years old take nearly 14 prescriptions per year and individuals aged 80 – 84 take an average of 18 prescriptions per year. Facts about seniors and prescription medications Source: American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

Medication mistakes can have serious health consequences:

Medication mistakes can have serious health consequences Medication mistakes can cause or aggravate conditions in seniors such as: Confusion or dizziness Loss of coordination or balance Malnutrition and/or dehydration These conditions can lead to serious or fatal illness or injuries, loss of independence or hospitalization.

Medication errors can be prevented:

Medication errors can be prevented ComForcare can help!

ComForcare can help prevent medication mistakes:

ComForcare begins care with a nurse assessment of the client’s needs, including a medication profile, and develops a personal care plan based on those needs. ComForcare can help prevent medication mistakes

Personal care plans include medication adherence:

Personal care plans include medication adherence ComForcare caregivers follow the care plan at each visit and can help clients avoid medication mistakes by: Providing medication reminders Ensuring compliance with medication directions Checking expiration dates Phoning in/picking up refills

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