As a person ages, there are many physiological changes in the body that can affect medication absorption, distribution and elimination. Medications that work one way in a young, healthy person may work differently in a senior person with multiple conditions. For example:
- Did you know studies have shown that certain cholesterol drugs – statins – may increase the risk or worsen dementia?
- Did you know if a patient regularly takes an acid reducer for their stomach that they could suffer bone loss?
At Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta, we have a staff of certified long-term care pharmacists, with some also certified in geriatrics. These pharmacists specialize in the senior patient – those ages 55 and older – and are here to assist with all medication needs and questions.
Our pharmacists are trained to monitor for medication differences when they are filling, checking and delivering prescriptions to assisted living and personal care communities. Pharmacists work continuously to ensure there will be no drug interactions or adverse reactions and to minimize side effects. In the community setting, they also monitor how each resident is reacting to a prescribed medication.
In addition, our long-term care pharmacists also work with physicians and nurses to recommend appropriate therapy and select the most efficient medication packaging to improve workflow. They coordinate between the resident, family members and insurance plan to find a covered medication and start and stop prescription orders when necessary. Our team also trains staff on the proper use and administration of medications, monitors for compliance with regulatory requirements and much more.
As you can see, the long-term care pharmacist is truly a specialized professional dedicated to increasing the quality of life for all senior patients and thus an important partner and ally to a community. To learn more about Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta and how our team of specialty pharmacists can assist you, please call our consultant pharmacist, Lori Newcomb, RPh, CGP, at 404-309-4958.