Strict Adherence to Medication Prescription Guidelines, Benefits to Elders in Long Term Facilities

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Elder populations are considered special group because they need a special type of care which encapsulates multiple considerations as far as their care is concern. These considerations may involve the ability of the elder individual to follow instructions given by the health care provider, the ability to perceive things around him, the patient’s capability to do self-care and to take medications.

According to the National Institutes of Health,  “Home care is care that allows a person with special needs stay in their home. It might be for people who are getting older, are chronically ill, recovering from surgery or disabled. You can get almost any type of help you want in your home. Some types of care and community services are free or donated. Many other types you have to pay for. Sometimes government programs or your health insurance will help cover the cost of certain home care services.”

Health care providers should be aware that there are already certain alterations and abnormalities in the body of the older people as a result of aging which makes them predispose to certain medication error. Giving prescriptions among elders should be well-guided and should be proper in order to prevent any debilitating complications as a result of medication error which can put another great discomfort to the elders.

According to a new study, there are about large proportions of American seniors who are having at least one prescription drug which can be possibly harmful for them.

Prescribing medications to elders necessitates assessment of their general health conditions in order to analyze the medications which are really fit to the patient considering his age. Unfortunately, other older individuals are taking at least one potentially inappropriate medication which can be harmful and detrimental for their health.

According to Dr. YuhuaBao, study leader, an assistant professor of public health at Weill Cornell Medical College, he said that the rate of American seniors who are having at least one prescription is about three (3) times higher as compared to those older individuals who are getting their prescriptions from medical office upon visitation.

The new study which was published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine involve the analysis and examination of data gathered from about more than 3,100 patients of home health care agencies. These patients belong to the age group of 65 years and older individuals. The American seniors took part in the 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey.

Moreover, researchers found out in their study findings that about 38 per cent of those patients who were in Home Health Care Agencies have took at least one potentially inappropriate medication which can have a possible impact on their health considering their age and their general health status. This is mainly because those patients in home health agencies have actually about 11 medications to take on average and these medications were listed in just at least one prescription.





  1. I think it’s an excellent idea to monitor medications and how they are administered. When I needed to find a caregiver to help out with my mom, this was a big concern of mine. I was nervous about trusting a stranger to remember to give my mom her meds on time – but thankfully my worries are a thing of the past. I found an agency that uses ClearCare care management software – something I highly recommend. My mom’s caregiver is required to let the agency (and me) know when she arrives at my mom’s house by a reliable telephony system, and then all essential tasks (like medicine administration) have to be reported electronically as soon as they are completed. I can log in to ClearCare’s website anytime to make sure everything has been done properly.

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