Are the elders under your care at risk for adverse events?
As people age, the risk factors for chronic illnesses increase, leading to greater reliance on medications. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:
● Nearly 1 in 2 Americans take a prescribed drug.
● 40% of older adults take five or more drugs.
● Adverse drug events (ADE) in older adults result in ~350,000 hospitalizations each year.
● Some $3.5 billion is spent each year on excess medical costs associated with adverse drug events.
Medication safety means taking the right medicine, at the right time, and at the right dose. As healthcare advocates and caregivers, we can play a huge role in improving patient safety.
For this session, we will focus on keeping records of medical records and current medications. We will be presenting two client case studies.
What Will Be Discussed
- Describe how advocates and caregivers can help their clients avoid adverse events (such as monitoring medications, the right way to take medications, and storing medical records)
- Identify common challenges faced when navigating care for elders in different settings.
Educate on the questions everyone should be asking their doctors and pharmacists
- Explore ways patients can save money on prescription drug costs and why that’s important
- Provide clarity on how to safely dispose of unused and expired medications
- Generate ideas on programs, softwares and other resources that can help advocates.