Stroke is a very serious risk for older adults. The third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of long-term disability, stroke is much more common in seniors. As a family caregiver you should understand that the risk for stroke more than doubles for each decade after the age of 55, making educating yourself about stroke, and the care your senior will need should they experience one, a critical part of your caregiver efforts. If your parent does experience a stroke, they will likely spend several days to a few weeks in the hospital before being discharged to continue their recovery at home. In order to make the most of this time at home, it is critical that both of you have as much understanding of their condition and their medical team’s care plan as possible. This includes fully understanding their medications. There are several different types of medications your parent might be prescribed after a stroke, and knowing as much about them as possible is vital to getting the most benefit and avoiding complications.
Some things your parent needs to know about their medications before discharge following a stroke include:
- What is the name of this medication?
- What type of medication is it?
- Does it go by any other name?
- What is the purpose of this medication?
- Why was this specific medication chosen?
- Are there any other options for medications that might be more appropriate?
- What does the medication look like?
- What is the appropriate dose?
- How often is the medication taken?
- Are there any specific instructions, such as taking the medication with food?
- What medications should this prescription not be taken with?
- What should be done about a missed dose?
- What types of side effects are possible with this medication?
- What types of side effects are common?
- What side effects could indicate a serious interaction?
- How can side effects be best managed?
- Are there any refills for this prescription?
- Does this medication require any follow up care?
Medication reminders are just one of the many exceptional benefits elder care can offer your aging loved one as they are recovering from a stroke. Many elderly adults take several medications on a daily basis and these can become confusing. Taking them at the right times and at the right dosage is critical to getting the results the doctor intends for those medications. An elderly home care services provider can offer your senior reminders that keep them on track so your parent is more likely to follow these guidelines, get the most benefit from their medications, and avoid potentially serious complications.
If you are considering Elder Care in Clay, NY, for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Serving Seniors, Inc. We specialize in offering services to the Senior Community in Syracuse and the surrounding area (Clay, Cicero, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, Central Square, and others). Call us today! 315-382-4300
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