More than half of seniors admit to not taking their medications as directed. For those living alone, this can be due to a variety of factors. For a
senior living in a nursing home, this can be a result of poor oversight
by the facility. Almost half of Americans age 65 years and older take
at least five different prescription medications regularly, according
to a recent study from Kelton Research. When a senior is taking a variety
of medications in different dosages over an extended period of time, frequently
they can make mistakes or miss a day.
When a senior moves into a nursing home or assisted living facility, it
is usually because of a loss of independence resulting from declining
health. So it’s more important to these individuals to take all
of their medications as directed by their physicians and it’s up
to the staff of the senior care facility to ensure this. All too often,
we receive calls from loved ones detailing the injuries or worse that
are a result of improper medication administration.
When you factor in that one quarter of all nursing home admissions are
the result of poor medication adherence to begin with, according to a
recent story, it compounds the problem into a potential nightmare. Luckily,
some companies like Medicine-On-Time is seeking a solution both before
a senior moves into a nursing home, and during. A study released in the
American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy found that seniors using
Medicine-On-Time were 66% less likely to be admitted to a nursing home.
Imagine how much this colorful, calendar system could improve adherence
once someone is living in an assisted living facility and when their medication
may be more important than ever.
If you are considering placing your loved one in an assisted living facility
or nursing home, or if you know someone who currently resides in one,
our recommendations on how to spot abuse and neglect, like improper medication adherence. Have a talk with the seniors in your
life and see if they are having any issues adhering to their prescription
schedule on their own. And for a free trial of Medicine-On-Time, visit