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“Empowering patients to manage their medication with confidence.”

Taking multiple medications is a way of life for most older adults, and taking them correctly is essential for treating health conditions and managing symptoms. Putting a simple yet effective system in place, and educating on the fundamentals of medication management, helps seniors avoid common medication mistakes. The Aquinas Carondelet Home Health Medication Management Program was established and implemented by Dr. Appl and his clinical team to educate, support, and create transparency between physicians, care providers and patients.

Woman putting weekly medications in an organizing container.

Our goal has been to foster education in the post-acute setting leading to a reduction in hospitalizations and potentially avoidable events.

The Importance of Medication Management

  • 50-70% of patients do not take medications as prescribed
  • Adults 75 and older struggle with medication instructions and adherence
  • Older adults who live alone were found to be more prone to medication errors
  • Patients with chronic disease have a higher risk of non-adherence to their medication regimen
  • 64% of elderly patients are taking at least one medication that is not ordered after discharge from a hospital setting
  • At discharge, 73% of elderly patients take least one medication incorrectly
  • At discharge, 32% of elderly patients were not taking all medications ordered after a hospital stay

Closeup view of an eighty year old senior woman's hands as she sorts her prescription medicine.

Our Approach

Our medication management program is a multidisciplinary approach to managing medication. The Aquinas Carondelet Home Health clinical team works to educate our patients on each visit, and proactively communicate with our patients’ physician(s) and care givers to ensure all care team members are well versed on the management of their medication.

The Aquinas Carondelet Home Health Medication Reconciliation process for in home care has five critical steps:

  1. VERIFICATION – Collect an accurate medication list prior to and during care delivery
  2. CLARIFICATION – Clarify any questions about drug/dose/frequency
  3. RECONCILIATION – Proactively communicate with physician about ALL medication, including both questions and concerns.
  4. EDUCATION – Using a multi-disciplinary approach to medication management and educating on medication at each visit.
  5. INTEGRATION – Utilizing community resources and innovative techniques to guide patient independence on medication management

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