As a caregiver, it can be overwhelming to keep track of medications for your loved ones. Decluttering and organizing medication can help alleviate some of the stress and create a more efficient system for managing medications. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Check expiration dates: Go through all the medication and check for expiration dates. Properly dispose of any medications that have expired or are no longer needed.
Sort by category: Group medications together by category such as pain relief, vitamins, and prescription medications. This makes it easier to find specific medications when needed.
Label and organize: Use clear labels to identify the name of the medication, dosage, and frequency. Use a container or bin to keep all medications together in one place.
Use a medication tracker: Consider using a medication tracker app or device to keep track of when medications are taken and when refills are needed. This can also help you keep track of any potential side effects or interactions between medications.
Keep medications out of reach: Store medication in a safe and secure location out of reach from children or pets.
Dispose of medications properly: Properly dispose of any medication that is no longer needed or has expired. Check with your local pharmacy or healthcare provider for safe disposal options.
Decluttering and organizing medication can help create a more efficient system for managing medications and alleviate stress for caregivers. By following these tips, you can create a safer and more organized space for medication.
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Telehealth has grown almost sevenfold since COVID-19 began to spread. While virtual doctor visits and remote monitoring devices could make medical care more convenient and accessible for any patient, your clients or Loved Ones may have the most to gain.
In March 2020, Medicare temporarily expanded coverage of telehealth services for most beneficiaries for office visits, preventive health screenings, and mental health services. At least some of these provisions may become permanent thanks to proposed legislation.
Find out how telehealth can help you, as a Caregiver, assist your clients or Loved Ones to maintain their independence and take care of their mental and physical health. Study this quick guide for those who want to see a doctor without leaving home.
Benefits of Telehealth for Your Clients/Loved Ones:
Enjoy more convenience. How far do you have to drive to the doctor’s office for your client/Loved One? With a virtual visit, you can forget about traffic and parking. Plus, if the doctor is busy, you can entertain yourself and your clientor Loved One at home instead of being stuck in the waiting room.
Treat chronic conditions. Almost 80% of seniors have at least one chronic condition, according to the National Council on Aging. Telehealth is ideal for the ongoing care needed to manage the typical symptoms of diabetes, cancer, and other chronic issues.
Access specialists. Depending on where your client or Loved One lives, they may be in for a long wait when a specialist is needed. Online care is more efficient, so it may speed up the process.
Support caregivers. Telehealth is great for caregivers and can also assist you with daily needs. Monitoring devices can free up your time by performing some routine tasks, and counseling services can help reduce stress.
Be proactive. Virtual care also empowers your clients or Loved Ones to play a greater role in staying healthy. For example, your client or Loved One has the ability to take their own blood pressure daily and upload the results.
Telehealth can help your client or Loved One to continue social distancing while receiving the medical care they need. Ask your client or Loved One’s doctor about which options are appropriate for them.