We get lots of calls here at Keeping in Touch Solutions from adult children of aging parents or grandparents. They have lots of questions about caring for an elderly family member or friend. One caller, Cindy, was very concerned about her grandmother. Grandma lived alone since Grandpa died three years ago. The family called Grandma and visited her often and things were going along pretty well. But lately Cindy has noticed Grandma is a little confused about her medications and Cindy is not convinced Grandma is taking the correct dosages at the right times – or at all.
Cindy is aware of statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and they scare her. One statistic that is particularly alarming for those who are caregivers for independent seniors is that in 2009, 28,754 (91%) of all unintentional poisoning death were caused by drugs – many of them prescription drugs.
With Grandma’s confusion and scary statistics in mind, Cindy called Keeping in Touch Solutions because we can not only provide a daily call to Grandma to check-in and chat, we can be that reminder about medications. That daily call provides many benefits and lots of peace of mind.
Here at Keeping in Touch Solutions we know how confused your elderly parent or grandparent can get about medications and then when you ask them about it, you get confused. That’s why we have created the KITS Medication Checklist. Using the worksheet, you can organize all the physician, pharmacy and medication information into one easy-to-use reference to clear up all the confusion and get everyone working together. Download your copy and spend a little time during your next visit with your loved one to fill it out. A call to Grandma’s physician might be in order if there is confusion or to confirm all the information collected.
Cindy wants her grandma to live as independently as she is able because that’s what she wants. With a support team in place, Cindy can help her grandma do that and still feel confident that she is safe and healthy. You can, too. Let Keeping in Touch Solutions join your team today!
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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