Laura's nursing story: I have been a Registered Nurse for over 10 years and have discharged hundreds of patients from the hospital with new medication or changes to their current medication. It can be very confusing for patients and their family members. When patients go home from the hospital the discharge instructions can feel Intimidating. Patients and family members don’t always understand the medication or what changes need to be made at home. Discharge at a hospital is usually quick not leaving much time for questions about these changes.
According to a study by the Mayo Clinic 7 out of 10 people are on at least one prescription. 20% of Americans take at least 5 prescriptions. This many prescriptions can cause confusion and be overwhelming. Taking medications incorrectly can slow your recovery or even end you back in the hospital.
4 Steps to help you with your medications
- Have all the medicine bottles together in one place.
- Have a pill sorter to place them in.
- Have written instructions of when to take the medicine.
- Set an alarm to remind yourself to take the medications.
Carol Health can help alleviate the anxiety and confusion by assisting with medication for you or your loved one. Registered Nurses can spend time explaining the reason for the medication and side effects. They can answer any questions and make the client feel comfortable with their medication schedule.