In-home Assistance for Elderly Rancho Bernardo Neglected Prescriptions

Don’t Forget the Prescription!

In-home Assistance for Elderly in Rancho Bernardo Checks Up on Medications

Perhaps you’ve taken your senior loved one to the doctor, gotten a prescription to take care of a minor infection, and checked a week or so later to see how things stand. If the problem doesn’t seem to have improved, you may want to investigate the simple possibility that the prescription never got filled! Unless a family member or in-home assistance for elderly in Rancho Bernardo actually picks up the medication, it does no good at all.

A Common Problem

A research team in Canada sought to find out how often first-time prescriptions went unfilled. They found that almost one-third of those orders were never claimed by the patients, left at the drugstore without doing anyone any good. The most commonly neglected prescriptions included those for depression—almost one-third of depression medications in the study were not picked up.

Many Complications

The researchers found a wide variety of factors that seemed to affect whether or not any given patient filled a first-time prescription. The patient’s age, income level, and use of other prescriptions were all involved, and even the gender of the prescribing doctor appeared to carry influence! If you have a senior loved one with prescriptions, you probably already know one major factor: simple forgetfulness. It’s very easy for family members to realize several days later that they were supposed to pick up that new medication for their aging parent.

In-home Assistance for Elderly in San Diego County can Pick up Prescriptions

That new prescription could give your loved one a lot of needed relief, if only someone could remember to pick it up for her. If you need some help in this area, consider asking in-home assistance for elderly in San Diego County. Along with medications, professional caregivers purchase groceries, hygiene products, and other items for their clients. Make sure your loved one gets the benefit of the prescriptions her doctor orders.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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