Monthly Archives: January 2013

2013 Elder Service Providers Caregiver Conference, “Cultivating Great Care”

Elder Service Provider’s Annual Caregiver Conference, taking place on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 in Bellingham, WA, is designed to help caregivers rejuvenate and remember to take care of themselves while caring for others.

Tracey Conway - Elder Service Provider Key Note Speaker, 2013

The  conference provides up-to-date information and opportunities to network and share ideas with fellow caregivers. Attendees also learn tips and tools for preserving their physical and emotional health while finding out about access to community support.

This year’s keynote speaker is Tracey Conway.  She is a comedienne and former cast member on KING-TV’s Almost Live!, a Seattle-based sketch comedy show, from 1984 to 1999.

As an Emmy award-winning actress, Tracey inspires both belly laughs and tears as she relates the circumstances and details of her cardiac arrest and subsequent recovery at age 38. Audiences continue to be affected by Conway’s powerful and unique program, “Drop Dead Gorgeous.” She shares the lessons she learned in those literally heart-stopping moments – not only about heart disease, but also what she has come to value most given a very rare second chance at life. Whether she’s detailing her whirlwind appearance on Oprah, or explaining the cardiac arrhythmia ventricular fibrillation, Conway’s delivery is captivating, effervescent, intimate, and guaranteed to touch hearts, minds, and funny-bones.

Registration is available online ($25).

Make sure to stop by Home Attendant Care’s info table at the event!

Medication monitoring tips for seniors

Preventing medication interactionsDid you know that more than 40 percent of people over age 65 take five or more medications, and each year about one-third of them experience a serious adverse effect?

A recent US Department of Health and Human Services report showed 16 out of 17 studies under review reported a higher risk of elderly patient hospitalization due to drug interactions.

Loved ones can take a proactive approach to helping seniors stay safe and healthy.  Here are some tips you can implement today, and keep in mind throughout the year:

  • Have all prescriptions filled at one pharmacy so pharmacists can help monitor potential interactions.
  • Medication Monitoring for Elderly - drug interactionsMake sure all medications are clearly labeled.  Printing on labels can be very small; help seniors identify and dispose of any meds that have expired.
  • Review all over-the-counter and prescription medications being taken with a medical professional on a regular basis.
  • Always check with a doctor or pharmacist before mixing over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs.
  • Set up a reminder system (like a daily pillbox, calendar or chart) to ensure all medications are consistently being taken.

If you or a loved one needs extra help with medication monitoring, please contact the Home Attendant Care office nearest you (Whatcom or Skagit Counties).  Our Department of Health registered caregivers work with seniors every day to ensure they are taking medications as prescribed.