Medication Management: Service Offered in Assisted Living

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Dear Maryellen,Medication Management in AL

Mom takes a variety of medicines and has mixed them up on several occasions. The last one ended with a trip to the Emergency Room. She gave us quite a scare! My sister and I know she isn’t safe living alone any more. I believe an assisted living community might be the best thing for her, but my sister thinks she won’t get help with her medicines anywhere except a nursing home. Is that true?  -Angela

Dear Angela,

I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s trip to the ER. It must have been so frightening for you, your sister and your mother. Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for seniors to end up in the emergency room because of medication mismanagement. According to American Nurse Today it happens to an average of 26% of seniors each year in the US.

It sounds like it would surprise your sister to learn that medication management is one of the most common services provided in an assisted living community. According to the National Center for Assisted Living almost 80% of all residents need medication assistance of some kind. It can include everything from a reminder to take their medicine to administering it.

So the answer to your question is…No. A nursing home isn’t the only option for a senior who needs help with medications.

Regards,
Maryellen

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