In order to constantly show your clients that With Age Comes Respect, elderly caregivers need to be aware of everything surrounding every little thing with a client. As an example, if your client has been prescribed Norco for pain, it is wise to realize (and share with your client) the fact that this drug can cause unusual urine test results. If your client needs to have a urine test for any reason, it is imperative that you disclose – or have them disclose – that they are indeed taking Norco.
It is also crucial that everyone, all medical professionals and the like, realize that your client is on Norco – especially if your client has the possibility of having surgery. They may be ordered to discontinue taking Norco for some time before the actual surgery takes place.
However, you and your client also need to be aware that discontinuing use of Norco on a dime can lead your client to experience some really unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. REMEMBER Norco and other opiate medications (containing hydrocodone and the like) are extremely addictive. That is why it is also essential that you track the number of pills that come with each prescription and do your best to maintain an accurate count of how many are taken and when so as to avoid drug interactions, overdose and/or addiction!