1 Pharmacists help dispense medications and also provide senior care pharmacist , instructions on how to best use them. A also called a consultant pharmacist, is a pharmacist who knows a lot about how medications work in older adults. They also understand how medications can affect patient’s health. That knowledge is used to provide expert advice to older adults, their caregivers, and the healthcare team on the safe use of medications.
2 How can they help? There are lots of things to consider when looking at a person’s health. That includes reviewing the current medical conditions, nutrition, types of medication, and lots more. Senior care pharmacists review all that and look of the role medication plays in a person’s overall health. big picture at the This process involves a constant review of prescribed medications. This allows senior care pharmacists to identify any health risks and recommend other solutions, including stopping any unnecessary leading reduce medication-related problems, medications. The goal is to to a healthier patient. cholesterol levels. All those are things What services can they provide? that can affect one’s medications. They When you invite a senior care pharmacist are also early indicators for future health onto your health care team, you can expect problems. Senior care pharmacists can the following: adjust medications based on those test A complete review of a person’s • results. They can also provide advice on medication plan. That includes looking how to meet or reach healthy test results. at prescription and over-the-counter A home visit • , during which a senior medications, dietary supplements, and care pharmacist will visit a patient at herbal products. Senior care pharmacists home. During the visit, the senior care can help determine whether the product pharmacist will provide medication is necessary, dosed correctly, safe for the patient, and affordable. assistance. A senior care pharmacist can also identify any possible places where a Identification of untreated or • patient could potentially fall down. and any undertreated health concerns treatment recommendations. Medication management knowledge • for all those on a clinical team. Senior care A review of potential side effects • pharmacists can educate the health care . Also, a review of of medications team on the best medication uses and any possible drug, food, or disease practices. They take many continuing interactions. education courses to make sure they know about the latest medication That • A basic health assessment. practices and policies. They are also includes a check of a person’s weight, blood pressure, glucose levels, and encouraged to become board certified. Interested in learning how to bring a senior care pharmacist onto your health care team? Check out the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Foundation’s Senior Care Pharmacist Directory. You can search for senior care pharmacists listed in your state at HelpWithMyMeds.org. HelpWithMyMeds.org