December 8, 2020 4:00PM AEST
Every year millions of Australians suffer adverse medicine events as a result of not taking medications as prescribed. This is a major issue. Especially during Christmas holidays when routines can change and financial pressures can increase for some customers.
The festive season and holidays can be a time when it is easy to lose track of normal daily schedules. Everyone wants to relax and have a good time but things don’t always go according to plan. Especially when daily medication routines are interrupted,” says Webstercare founder and Managing Director Gerard Stevens AM.
Below are 3 tips to help you and your family have peace of mind during the festive season;
A Webster-pak will ensure all medications prescribed are available for the duration of the trip. The unique shape and colour coded dosage times act as a reminder to take the recommended doses.
The most widely used medication pack in Australia is the Webster-pak. Invented by Mr Gerard Stevens more than 35 years ago.
See why our customers trust Webster-pak as the best medication solution for their community.
Around one-in-five people aged 70 or older are on four or more medications. It can be difficult to remember all of the names and correct dosages, warned Mr Stevens. So having an up-to-date list can be very useful.”
One great solution is Webstercare’s PocketProfile Medicines List, which is printed by your pharmacist. It contains a person’s entire medication profile, including images of medications. The PocketProfile neatly folds down to the size of a credit card, so it’s easy to keep in your purse or wallet. Whenever a medication changes, your pharmacist will issue you with an updated PocketProfile.
“In an age where things are increasingly digital, users of the PocketProfile don’t need gadgets, apps and electronic devices. There medication profile is readily available. It won’t run out of charge and it won’t shut down.” said Mr Stevens.
The PocketProfile also contains the person’s home pharmacy and phone number. A pharmacist at a holiday destination can simply ring the home pharmacy to confirm the medications that were prescribed. Giving them an accurate patient profile before issuing emergency replacements to last the remainder of the holiday.
Checking in with your pharmacist is not only good practice before going away, they also provide a wealth of knowledge and information. It’s also an opportunity to speak to them about the Pharmacist Shared Medicines List. A consolidated list of medicines prepared by a pharmacist and uploaded to a patient’s My Health Record. It can help to reduce medication-related problems, specifically those experienced by older Australians on complex medication regimes.
It’s important to take time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends during the festive season. Have the confidence in your medication regime and peace of mind you are looking after your health.
To learn more or to speak to a Webstercare specialist, contact us on 1800 244 358