Importance of Medicines Management in Home Health Care Services

Home health care is a care that allows a person with special needs to stay at home. It can be for those who are getting old, chronically ill, patients recovering from surgeries or people with disabilities. We have encountered many seniors who don’t take interest in taking their medicines on time. Often they lack interest, forget, or drain, whereas some need assistance but don’t have their loved ones around them. Medicine management in health care services include taking adequate care of the patient’s medicines, the timings, the plan and more. The medicines should be taken as directed and according to the doctor’s prescription.

Medication Management Services include:

  • Scheduling medication
  • Medication Evaluation program
  • Having a complete list of prescription appointed by the Doctor
  • Instructing on proper and timely dosage
  • Evaluating effectiveness
  • Communicating with the patient’s doctor

Importance of medicine management

It’s mandatory to strictly follow the doctor’s recommendations throughout a treatment otherwise there’s a risk of aggravating the situation, thus increasing the possibility of admitting in the hospital. In long-term treatments, it’s usually normal for the patient to relax and not comply with the doses or schedule of doses. Since these long-term treatments are usually of patients with chronic diseases such as Aids, cardiovascular diseases, the failure to complete the treatment can have very serious consequences. That’s where our medicine management services play a pivotal role when offering home and health care services.

It’s common for some patients to take higher doses of the medication or to reduce the frequency so that it affects them in a negative way. There are no reliable statistics on which patients are most likely to fail treatment. In general, the chronically ill, who must take a lot of medication usually become discouraged in the long run, hence offering a hand is the better option. It’s also difficult for children, adolescents, and the elderly to adequately follow their treatment. There are usually severe difficulties with patients who are not living with their families, or with those who don’t accept their illness.

The home health care service provider has to explain these patients the importance of fulfilling their treatment correctly and perform periodic interviews in order to observe their evolution and insist on it. The pharmacist can also advise on this matter and follow up in certain cases. It’s very positive to maintain a good relationship with the doctors and health personnel involved in the treatment of chronic disease.

Experts recommend associating the taking of medications with some kind of “happy” stimulus mechanism. Other aspects to consider are the following:

  • The parenteral route ensures better compliance than oral.
  • The greater the number of medications, the worse the compliance.
  • The fewer number of daily medication doses, better compliance.
  • The greater the complexity of the prescription, the worse the compliance.
  • A bad explanation of the pattern reduces compliance.