Medication error is a leading cause for hospitalization in the elderly population. Medications can cause drowsiness and is a risk factor for falls and fractured hips in those over 60 years old. Medication overdose or under-dose can mean an untreatment of a disease or an infection.
To alleviate such problems, a medication list should be updated at all times and checked over by a primary care physician or a pharmacist.
Additionally,┬átransition periods from the hospital to home, extended skilled nursing care to home or long-term acute care to home, can also be confusing as┬ámedications┬áare added or subtracted and may be overlooked during such transition periods.
Ambassadors Caregivers‘ goal is to eliminate some of these unnecessary risk factors with┬áa pharmacist on staff to help with medication management.
How does Medication Management work?
Once you become a client, you can elect for a primary care physician to review the medication list at no extra charge for medication duplication, correct┬ádosing, correct medications, over use or underuse of the medication and any other recommendations. Possible recommendations can then be reviewed and discussed with┬áyour primary care physician.
How do I pay for Medication Management?
A pharmacist can be privately hired to review and make recommendations on medications. Usually the fee is per hour with a 2 hour minimum.
A pharmacist can also be hired to fill the pillboxes weekly for a client, train and discuss medication options with the family and can work with the primary care physician to ensure optimal solutions are considered.