As the healthcare needs of older patients become more complex as they age, managing their medications across transitions in care can create complications. The right pharmacy can make the transition to a nursing home, assisted living facility, or another long-term care facility a little easier and less stressful.
If your loved one is moving to a long-term care facility, Smith Caldwell can continue to take care of your loved one’s prescription needs. We already know their prescription and medication schedule along with any other pertinent information such as possible drug interactions and allergies. Sticking with the same pharmacy can prevent unfortunate mistakes like an allergic reaction or a negative drug interaction.
What is Long-Term Care?
According to the National Institute on Aging, “long-term care involves a variety of services designed to meet a person’s health or personal care needs during a short or long period of time.” The services provided by long-term care help individuals live as safely and independently as possible once they are no longer able to perform the daily activities of living (ADLs) on their own.
- Dressing and grooming
- Transferring (moving from one position to another)
Often, in-home care is available for those who have trouble with only one or a few of their daily tasks, but once a person is having difficulty with all of these tasks or they need around-the-clock care, it may be time to consider a long-term care facility.
Long-term care often also includes community services like meals, adult-daycare activities, and transportation services, all of which may be provided free of cost or for a fee.
How Do I Know If My Loved One Needs Long-Term Care?
People often need long-term care as a result of ongoing, serious, or debilitating illnesses. The need can arise without warning, such as in the case of a heart attack or stroke. But more often, it happens gradually through conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, or a worsening physical illness or frailty.
It is hard to predict what type or how much long-term care a person might need, but there are several factors that can increase the risk of needing long-term care.
The risk of needing long-term care generally increases as people age and their bodies become more fragile and frail.
Women are at a higher risk of needing long-term care because they often live longer.
Single people are much more likely to need care from a paid provider than married people. This is typically because the spouse can provide care and help.
Poor diet and lack of exercise can increase a person’s risk of needing long-term care. It also increases the risk of needing long-term care sooner.
Health and Family History
A person’s overall health and family history of certain illnesses (like heart disease, stroke, cancer, and Alzheimer’s) can also affect the risks of needing long-term care.
How Can Smith Caldwell Help Manage My Loved One’s Medications in Long-Term Care?
All residents of long-term care facilities have a choice of which pharmacy handles their monthly changeout medications or as-needed medications, all of which we provide in special blister packaging.
You Need a Local Pharmacy
By partnering with a family-owned long-term care pharmacy, you get help reducing your overall costs without sacrificing the high-quality customer service and medications you’re used to. Choosing the right long-term care pharmacy can positively impact many areas of your loved one’s care.
Choosing a locally-owned pharmacy reduces shipping time and makes it much easier to connect with your provider when you need your loved one’s medication fast. It’s also important to choose a pharmacy that has an in-depth understanding of your community and makes your loved one’s health and well-being their number one priority.
Consulting Services and Education
Many long-term care facilities have their own clinical specialists looking over resident medications to assess the risk of overmedication or negative drug interactions. However, a specialist isn’t likely to be as well informed as a pharmacist who is undergoing constant continuing education to stay up-to-date with the side-effects and compositions of the medications they hand out.
Smith Caldwell pharmacists can watch for signs of over-medication and bad combinations of drugs, explore less expensive generics, or suggest similar medications with fewer side-effects.
Mail-order pharmacies have a delay of 3-5 days for delivery. Smith Caldwell delivers to each assisted living and skilled care facility several times daily. We have a delivery system that prioritizes all facility deliveries. Using a long-term care pharmacy with emergency delivery ensures that you’ll always have the medication they need at your fingertips.
Cutting Edge Technology
Smith Caldwell stays updated and informed of all of the latest pharmacy technology. We employ some of the latest technology in robotic workflows to automate our prescriptions processes and improve accuracy.
We also have a state-of-the-art sterile laboratory on-site for the preparation of custom medications. Using modern technology, innovative medication dosing devices, and new drug delivery systems, the Smith Caldwell Drug Store creates a large number of alternative dosage forms and hypo-allergenic medications.
If you have questions about our long-term care pharmacy, contact Smith Caldwell’s LTC pharmacy at 501-326-6153.