Older Australians can often suffer from several health conditions, and consequently may be taking a large number of medications. There are steps that you can take to ensure that you take the correct medications at the correct time:
- Ask your G.P. to give you a list of medications that you are taking. Keep this list with you at all times in case you need it.
- When you have a health assessment, take the list of medications with you so that they can be reviewed.
- Talk with your health professionals about the medications that you are taking. Express any concerns that you might have and don’t be afraid to ask what the medications are treating.
- As you get older, it is advisable that you try to keep with one G.P. and one Pharmacist to avoid confusion and mishaps in regards to medication management.
- Consider having your doctor prescribed medications packaged into weekly calendar packs by your pharmacist. They might offer sachets of medications or blister packs. The calendar packs are designed to be as simple as possible.
- And don’t forget that if you are planning to travel, let your G.P. and Pharmacist know so that you will have enough prescriptions and repeats to take on your travels with you.
If you are finding that you are struggling to manage your medications on your own, you might want to discuss this with your G.P., friends and family. A family member might be able to help you to remember to take your medications. If not, you might be eligible for in home care, whereby someone comes to your house to prompt you to take your medications, or assists you in the administration of your medications.