Getting Proper Medical Attention and Medication is Critical
Missing appointments is costly, especially to our loved ones. Studies have linked missed appointments to early death. Read about one study here.
People with long term mental health issues are particularly at risk. In a study at the University of Glasgow, they found that these people had an eight times greater risk of death than those with physical conditions. It’s possible your loved one has missed some important appointments and is becoming more at risk. It would be easy to assume that one would go to a doctor’s appointment because it can improve their health. Sometimes that isn’t the case.
It can be more complex than just arranging transportation or assuming your loved one is going to the appointments in the calendar.
It is simply a miserable time. They dread it rather than looking forward to it, and they want to enjoy life!
Lipid-lowering agents, ACE-inhibitors, peptic-ulcer and acid-reducers, beta-blockers (men), other analgesics and antipyretics (men), anti-depressants (women), and thyroid medication (women). A person can have up to 10 different medications or more! It’s complicated.
Medications must be taken at certain times, with or without food, avoiding certain foods, and may not be taken with other medications. Some may not be accepted well by the body and the patient may need to be re-prescribed a new medication. Patients need to be observed when they begin some medications or make med changes. Organizing and scheduling medication often falls on the caregiver, who may already be overworked and overwhelmed, and may not be up for the attention to detail, phone calls to pharmacists, and other tasks related to dispensing meds. Often the details must be checked and double-checked because a mistake could be critical.
We can implement processes to ensure the meds are taken at the right time, the right dose with the right instructions. That gives peace of mind.
If your loved one has to suffer through a lot of appointments, why not add some fun to it by allowing a friendly, warm, funny partner to drive, attend, and get meds set up. The warmth of a friendly visitor (and outings partner) can actually make the experience positive, even one that your loved one looks forward to.
We help build plans to get you to and from the appointment, log the info for caregivers, and bring some fun or warmth to the experience.
Changing the experience from a dreaded one to a fun-filled outing, or a warm supportive outing can boost emotions, help to heal, and make life more enjoyable.
YOU CAN REACH OUT
We will call you regularly, get you connected, loan you a tablet, work with you on building your circle of friends, and many other things. If you have an idea on how we can help, please ask.