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Q: Is your pharmacy senior friendly?

Posted March 12, 2014 in Advice Column, Greene County

A: When not taken properly, not only will medicine be ineffective, it can actually harm. Unfortunately, sometimes those who need medicine the most are our older family members who might have trouble being in charge of their own medications due to confusion or memory issues.

How can family help? Other family members can often help those in their family who are having a bit of a problem being fully in charge of their own medicine. That effort is made much easier by dealing with a pharmacy that understands these issues, especially when the patient and other family member are separated by distance.

What should you look for in a senior friendly pharmacy? When choosing a pharmacy to help you coordinate the medication for someone in your family who is unable to take care of his or her own medication, here are some questions you should ask.

• Does the pharmacy offer delivery service and mailing? Being sure that the pharmacy can deliver to your loved one’s house (or room if in an independent living facility) is an important choice in choosing a pharmacy. This is especially important if the caregiver is not living in the same city. Mailing of prescriptions, even for a local pharmacy, is also an important service to have available as some patients are not able to answer the door during the day due to mobility problems or hearing impairment, or may not want the interruption of a delivery person at their doorstep. (Part one of two.)

Information provided by Medicap Pharmacy, 400 N. Elm St., Jefferson, 515-386-2164.

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