Pharmacists play a role as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team for older adults. Their role is critical in improving the patient’s care and life.
For older adults, it can be helpful to develop a relationship with a pharmacist and use the same pharmacist regularly. As pharmacists learn about an individual’s unique needs and circumstances, they can help provide consistent care and help prevent drug-related problems.
Pharmacists are often the most accessible health care practitioner. They can give patients drug information, monitor use, and act as a liaison between physicians and patients. Additionally, they can provide information on interactions between drugs, other medications, supplements, and food.
An interdisciplinary care team for the elderly
Pharmacists do more than just give out prescription medication. They are valuable members of a larger interdisciplinary team caring for an older individual. As part of a healthcare team, pharmacists can improve an elderly patient’s care. They can make recommendations in many areas, including:
• Dosing and administration
• Adverse drug reactions
• Intravenous drug compatibility
• Drug monitoring
• Guidelines for treatment
• Approved and off-label indications