Find out how better management of chronic diseases through medication may
mitigate the need for hospitalization.
Chronic diseases are a leading cause of death and disability in the United
States, and statistically, seniors are most at risk. When chronic conditions
are not properly managed or medicated, it can lead to other chronic conditions,
further injury, and even death. Although the numbers seem bleak, there
is hope. Improving the outcomes of patients with chronic conditions is
possible through medication management.
LifeCare’s Medication Assistant Program (MAP) was established out
of a need to reduce avoidable medication mistakes and prevent the thousands
of annual injuries those mistakes cause. We help patients manage their
medication to prevent hospitalization through services such as setting
up pill dispensers, communicating with physicians, medication education, and more.
If you or a loved one is taking medication (or multiple medications) for
a chronic condition, consider the following tips. These can help you manage
your medication use to ensure that you are using your prescriptions safely
Check the Label
Don’t assume that because a medication was delivered or handed to
you by a pharmacist that it was meant for you. Although this should be
the case, mistakes happen. Check the labels on your medications to ensure
that they are the right pills for the right person.
List out all of your medications and keep them in a visible place. It
is also a good idea to make a copy of that list so that you can keep one
on your person at all times in the event of an emergency.
Communicate with Your Physician
It is extremely important that your physician knows about all your medications
and conditions to ensure that they are not prescribing you a medication
that is dangerous to your health.
For more tips about medication management or to discuss LifeCare’s
MAP service, we invite you to contact us today! LifeCare Home Health &
In-Home Services is available to discuss our services and any questions
you may have on our 24-hour care line – (888) 286-7554.