During your journey as a family caregiver, it is very likely that you will need to bring your aging parent to the emergency room. They may struggle with an infection, illness, or infection that requires urgent medical attention and it is important that you ensure they get this attention as promptly as possible. Once they are in the emergency room, your role is to ensure that the care they receive is effective and that you are able to give them the care that they need after discharge to maintain the benefit of this care. One particular issue is if they receive a prescription during their time in the emergency room. Ensuring that both of you understand this prescription is important to make sure that your parent takes it properly, gets the most benefit, and avoids potential complications.
Some questions that you should ask about your parent’s prescriptions before discharge from the emergency room include:
-What is the medication?
-Are there other names for it?
-Why was this medication prescribed?
-What is the goal of the medication?
-Is it safe to take with other prescriptions your parent is taking?
-Is it safe to take with over-the-counter medications your parent is taking?
-Are there any foods, beverages, or supplements that they should not take with this prescription?
-What is the proper dosage?
-How often should they take the medication?
-How should they take the medication?
-What should they do if they accidentally miss a dose?
-What are the side effects of this medication?
-What are the most common side effects?
-What effects are cause for concern?
-How can you reduce the risk of side effects?
-When should you get in touch with a doctor due to effects?
If your aging parent has been struggling with challenges and limitations, their needs have increased and you are not able to handle them effectively, or your schedule has gotten busier and you are not able to be with your parent as often as you would like to be, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can act as a support and supplement to the care that you give your parent to ensure that they have continued access to everything that they need to stay healthy, happy, safe, and comfortable while also encouraging as much independence, engagement, and fulfillment as possible as they age in place. This means that you can have peace of mind knowing that they are in the best hands when you are with them and when you are not.