The risks of self-medication

It's common for seniors to have multiple health conditions. While it may be possible to manage medications for a few different medical issues, it can become dangerous if one doesn't start to rely on a home care aide for help. 

That's what happened to John Albert, who was determined to keep track of his doses by himself.

The risks of self-medication The system worked until the manufacturer decided to change the colors of one of his pill bottles. Consequently, he began taking two blood thinners a day. One morning, he woke up and was paralyzed from the waist down.

"Adverse drug reactions are very common and not always recognized by patient or physician as side effects of a drug," said Thomas Clark, director of Clinical Affairs for the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. "Many symptoms may be considered drug side effects unless proven otherwise."

If one needs additional help, it may be wise to hire skilled nursing workers who can tend to other health needs. This can help older adults live at home longer, and stay safe and comfortable during the golden years without worrying about keeping track of their medications.  

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