Our bodies, minds and souls all change as we age. Each change can affect modern medicine and the effects that prescribed medications have on our lives. The changes could potentially lead to complications. Some of the complications may affect how a prescription drugs breaks down in our bodies. It may also affect how the drug leaves our systems; how fast they process through the blood stream.
Once a medication has been prescribed, it is important to take it as prescribed. As a caregiver, it is your responsibility to ensure that this happens.
If an elder just stops the routine, side effects could occur. It is a caregiver’s job to make certain that the client does not skip doses or simply stop taking their medicines. Traditional medications only work if taken regularly. Medical physicians ordinarily prescribe drugs to maintain control over specific medical conditions.
Prescription dosages are chosen based on each individual. No one should self prescribe! Caregivers, you should not prescribe either – unless somehow you are an actual physician (but then why would you be acting strictly as a caregiver?)!
Doing what is best and recommended for each individual client is what caregiving is all about. It is so important to display that With Age Comes Respect and that is knowing your place in the caregiving world!