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Reasons Why You Should Be Talking to Your Pharmacist

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Picture this: You leave your doctor’s office with a new prescription and go straight to your local pharmacy to get it filled up. After paying the cashier, you go home with your new neatly packed medicine, feeling like all is well and done. But you realize something…

You have no idea how you should be taking your medication or even why you should be taking them.
Almost half of the 3.8 billion prescriptions in the U.S. are taken incorrectly. This includes mistakes involving timing, frequency, dosage, and duration.

A pharmacist is a reliable expert who can effectively introduce and explain medication functions, instruct seniors on the ways/modes of how to properly take them, as well as discuss the drug’s potential interactions and side effects. Talking to your pharmacist can reduce your risks for medication errors and help ease any of the discomfort and confusion you might be feeling.

Here are 5 questions you should be asking your pharmacist or your doctor before starting a new prescription:

  1. Should I be wary of any risks? What benefits can I gain from taking this medication?
  2. What are the different side-effects I should be watching out for?
  3. How expensive will this new medicine be and can my insurance cover it?
  4. Does the medication come in a generic form and will it be effective for my condition?
  5. Are there any special considerations when taking the medication? Should I be taking it a specific way?

Lowenhill Home Care Services cares deeply about your safety and security. If you ever need any help or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us, here.

From a Distance: Ways to Help Manage Senior Health During a Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly caused many of us a great deal of stress and anxiety, especially those who are caring for an older adult. Ensuring that they are well and healthy have become top-priority, and plenty of caregivers are looking for safer ways to provide assistance and care.

As concerned friends, we at Lowenhill Home Care Services have come up with a list of ways to help you manage your senior’s health during the pandemic.

  1. Reduce their exposure to the virus but help them with essential needs. We should all be aware by now that making unnecessary visits to friends or family members is discouraged. Thus, only visit your loved ones when it’s needed.

    Some acceptable reasons may be:

    • To drop off prescription medication refills
    • To deliver meals, groceries, and other essentials
    • To help clean the house, wash the dishes, do the laundry, and other difficult household chores
    • Setting up needed technology and tools e.g., computers, TV, wifi connection, new lighting, changing wirings, etc.
  2. Make use of the technology you have at home. For instance, to keep your loved ones feeling loved and appreciated, instead of paying them a personal visit, why don’t you try calling them over the phone, sending them a video message, or calling them over FaceTime. This way you can still monitor their health and well-being, even from a distance.

    And if these two tips aren’t enough to put your mind at ease, you can try recruiting help from a professional caregiver. Contact us today for more details!