Healthcare Businesses Explore Innovative Ways to Provide Safe Home Medication Management
Family members who care for an aging loved one can often feel isolated or alone. A caregiving role is an exhausting one, and feelings of anxiety, sadness, and even shame can creep in quickly, keeping family caregivers from sharing their struggles or asking for help. Fortunately, caregivers can find information and encouragement on the internet.
Here are a few articles from this month that could provide you with tools, resources, and feelings of support.
Medication nonadherence is a growing concern in the United States. Unfortunately, those who are most susceptible to medication nonadherence are senior citizens with complex medication regimens. For caregivers, it is more important than ever to know the statistics behind adherence, the role it plays in the well-being of your loved ones, and what you can do to increase the likelihood that they are taking their medications as prescribed.
We’ve created a handy infographic to help you sift through all of this information and equip you with actionable insights to facilitate a discussion about medication management with your loved ones.
Providers, pharmacies, insurers, patients and families all agree that better medication adherence can improve care and reduce costs. The numbers are striking:
With a mutual commitment to innovation and teamwork, everyone in the healthcare ecosystem can enjoy the financial, safety and quality of life benefits that will result from improved medication adherence.
Caring for a loved one can bring the two of you closer together. It can also be profoundly stressful. Caregivers receive little social support, and it takes a toll on their well-being. Nearly 60 percent of California’s Caregiver Resource Center’s clients show symptoms of depression. Another study found that 41 percent of people who cared for a spouse with Alzheimer’s had depressive symptoms. Caregiving can can even affect your physical health; seventeen percent of caregivers say their health is fair or poor, compared to just 10 percent in the general population.
Nearly 90 percent of seniors over the age of 65 hope to age in place, spending the next 10 years or longer in their homes. Most seniors envision restful, meaningful retirements filled with good health, new activities, and visits from family and friends. Too often, medical conditions turn this vision into something far less idyllic. Missed medications, endless prescriptions, too many trips to the doctor, and accidental medication overdoses pose serious dangers to seniors’ health and well-being.
Family caregiving can be difficult, stressful, and time-consuming. However, despite the frustrations and fatigue, many family members find themselves in some type of caregiving role as their loved ones age. The Family Caregiver Alliance reports that an estimated 34.2 million Americans have provided some type of caregiving assistance to adults over the age of 50 in the past year. These informal caregivers, typically family members or friends, enter into their caregiving role with loving intentions ... and without the knowledge of the reality of caregiver burnout.
As your loved one grows older, you add a few items to your regular to-do list. Perhaps you have to accompany your loved one to certain doctor appointments, or maybe now you take care of buying their groceries. Along with tasks, you may also begin adding some worries that keep you up at night. Among the biggest concerns for most children of aging adults? Healthcare costs and keeping Mom at home without compromising her safety.
More than 43 million Americans care for a loved one, with most providing care for at least 20 hours a week. Becoming a caregiver often means a fundamental shift in your relationship. It may require significant schedule changes, less time with your kids, and a willingness to become an expert in aging and various ailments. Most caregivers steadily transition into this role over a period of months or years. This transition can help you slowly adapt to your role while assessing what works and what doesn’t.
Here are some strategies that can help you ease into this role with grace and skill, without compromising your own quality of life.
About 43.5 million adults are unpaid family caregivers. Although the average time spent on caregiving is 24 hours per week—the equivalent of a part-time job—for about a quarter of caregivers, caregiving is a full-time job that demands 40 or more hours per week. Family caregiving can be both rewarding and challenging, and people who support and love caregivers must make space for both emotions. Researchers are increasingly interested in caregivers' contributions to society and the effect caregiving has on their health. Here’s some recent caregiving news you might have missed.