anaging medications is
a complex task. Here are
six ways to help you keep
things safe and simple:
Make a list of every medication
you or your loved one takes.
This includes prescription and
non-prescription drugs, as well as
supplements and vitamins. Give a
copy to each health care provider.
And keep one with you in case of
Ask a doctor or pharmacist to
review that list at least once a
Be sure you know what each
medication is for and how
each one should be given. You
might want to use a pill box to
Care managers work with you
and your family, your health team
and others to get you the health
care and services you need. This
may require working with other
agencies to give you the best
options to improve or maintain
There may be times when you
Understanding your doctor’s
Learning about your condition.
Learning about your
Managing a new diagnosis.
Your care manager’s
responsibility is to advocate for
you. If you feel that Gold Coast
Health Plan’s Care Management
team can help you, ask your
doctor to contact the Plan. A team
member will call you so that you
can join the program.
Health Education Lupe González, PhD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
C. Albert Reeves, MD
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6 medication safety tips
help keep it all straight.
If a medication has to be
injected or requires special
preparation at home, be sure
you learn the proper technique.
Work with your doctor or nurse
until you’re comfortable doing it
Store medications together.
Look for a cool, dry place out
of reach of children. Medications
that need to be chilled should have
their own spot in the refrigerator.
Never share your medicine.
Properly discard any leftover
or expired medicines. Ask a
pharmacist for instructions if you
don’t know how to do this.
Sources: Family Caregiver Alliance; U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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