As we age, it is true that the body goes through many changes. Some natural, and some because there are underlying issues. Sadly it is all too common these days for the elderly population, and the population at large, to be over medicated because they are not made aware of the side effects many medications can have. This can often lead to worse issues than what they were originally trying to get fixed in the first place. A way to avoid this is by asking the right questions. It is the job of the doctors to give all the information, pros and cons of their care plan. Medications can be very helpful in managing various health conditions. But, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects.
Ultimately it is up to the patient (or their caregivers) to make sure they understand everything. But it is also the duty of a doctor to provide all the information so an informed decision can be made. Recently we have seen too many clients come to us that are over medicated and declining because of this. Once they get the proper medication regiment, their condition actually improves and they are much happier.
If you are concerned that someone you know, or a loved one may be over medicated, please act on it right away. Don’t wait for a crisis or visit to the hospital. If you feel you need support in this matter, we are here to help. Our goal is always to make sure our clients are as healthy and happy as possible.