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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!

COVID-19: Examining the Causes of Malnutrition in Seniors

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With the limitations and restrictions put on seniors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, health and diet may not be their number one concern right now. Seniors may be more focused on staying indoors and minimizing their exposure to the outside world.

However, a poor diet can often result to a decrease in immunity, which may put seniors more at risk of illness and disease.

Some health issues that can be linked to malnutrition are:

– Chronic fatigue
– Loss of bone density
– Slow-healing wounds
– Increased risk of falls

Knowing what puts your senior at risk of poor health and malnutrition will help you prevent them from experiencing it.

According to Mayo Clinic, there are three main factors that contribute to senior malnutrition. These are:

1.Physical Factors

Physical factors that can derail senior health and nutrition may come in the form of poorly fitting dentures that make chewing uncomfortable and painful or weakness and fatigue in trying to prepare their own meals.

2.Social Factors

Meals are often a social occasion. However, with today’s limitations, most seniors are stuck at home eating alone. Aside from the feelings of loneliness one might feel, cooking for one might prove to be a challenge, thus seniors might resort to ordering fast food online. Fast food tend to be low in nutritional content, and high in sodium and trans fats.

3.Psychological Factors

Is your loved one feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or lonely? All these can affect the way they eat and the way they go about living their lives.

In these uncertain and tragic times, it’s important to keep our loved ones close.

Lowenhill Home Care Services is here to provide your senior with the best loving assistance, to help them cope with society’s current situation, while still living strong, healthy, and independent lives.

Contact us today for details.

5 Government Programs to Help Seniors Pay for Home Care Costs

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One of the most common worries among older adults and primary caregivers alike is the cost of medical care for seniors. This is due to the fact that expenses that come with medical care can deplete a significant part of a person’s monthly income, even for those who thought they had set aside enough.

Lowenhill Home Care Services believes that every person is entitled to receiving the best kind of care available to them.

We hope that this list of 3 government programs to help your senior pay for home care costs will ease the weight of expenses put on you and your loved ones.

1.Medicare

This Federal Government health insurance program pays for most of the medical costs for older adults aged 65 and older. They also cover the expenses for all people with late-stage kidney failure.

2.Medicaid

Medicaid is a combined Federal and State program designed for people from low-income families/backgrounds. It covers the costs of medical care and long-term care, so long as the individual is eligible and has passed the requirements.

3.Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

This Medicare program can cover medical, social services, and long-term care costs for frail people. It may also pay for some or ALL of the long-term care needs for Alzheimer’s disease patients.

4.State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

SHIP is a national program offered in each State, providing patients and their families with counseling and assistance regarding Medicare, Medicaid, and Medigap matters.

5.Department of Veterans Affairs

This program provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may provide seniors who have served the country with long-term care or at-home care.