If substance abuse among youth is a problem, why should senior citizens be concerned? According to community leaders across the nation, such as Joe Faldetta of Cape Assist Program, seniors can play an active role as concerned citizens in helping to reduce the risk of youth exposure to drug use.
Today, teens have found new ways to get high – straying from substances traditionally thought of as illegal drugs and instead turning to prescription medications, many of which can be found in the medicine cabinets of senior citizens.
For this reason, many communities are reaching out to seniors to educate them on how they can help reduce the risk of their medications getting into the wrong hands. And, for seniors who have the assistance of an in-home caregiver using a homecare software or homecare system, like ClearCare, ensuring restricted access to medications can be a team effort.
Many youth access prescription medications from loved ones. Seniors can help curtail this by keeping prescriptions in a locked medicine cabinet. For seniors with the help of a homecare agency, a note in the homecare software or homecare system, such as ClearCare Online, can help remind caregivers of when the medicine cabinet needs to be accessed for medication reminders.
Additionally, with the help of a homecare software or homecare system, like ClearCare Online, caregivers can leave notes if they or the seniors they care for believe that any medications are missing from the home.
Most importantly, however, homecare software and a dedicated homecare agency can assist seniors with medication disposal. After a senior no longer needs a medication, if any pills are left over, properly disposing of them can greatly reduce the risk of youth getting access to long forgotten, old prescriptions.
Many communities offer prescription disposal days, with a homecare software or homecare system, caregivers can be notified of these events and set up to provide transportation to any seniors wishing to dispose of old medications. With simple steps like these, and a heightened sense of awareness, home care software and a dedicated care team seniors can play an active role in helping keep youth away from prescription drug abuse.