National Senior Home Care Provider to Offer A “Revolutionary”
June 21, 2009
Caring Senior Service announces partnership with DailyMed™ to
medication mismanagement among older adults.
Medication mismanagement continues to mount, emphasizing the urgent need for
a systematic change in the way we care for the 38+ million older adults in
America today. At least 1.5 million Americans are sickened, injured or killed
each year by errors in prescribing, dispensing and taking medications — and
seniors are most susceptible. Caring Senior Service, a national home care company, announces
their partnership with DailyMed™, a
revolutionary solution to problems caused by medication mismanagement.
Jeff Salter, CEO of Caring Senior Service, said, “We’ve found
DailyMed to be a great benefit as DailyMed pharmacists are able to review a
patient’s entire drug profile, check that prescription combinations are safe,
and make recommendations to improve drug effectiveness, as well as make
cost-saving suggestions. DailyMed is delivered monthly to a client’s home and
DailyMed accepts most every prescription insurance plan available. It’s perfect
for people who have trouble remembering to take their medications or arrange and
sort them timely and properly.”
Seniors, who comprise 13% of the U.S. population, currently take 40% of all
drugs prescribed – more medications than any other age group. The medication
mismanagement epidemic includes adverse drug reactions, polypharmacy dangers
(the use of multiple prescription drugs simultaneously) and noncompliance
(failure or refusal to properly take prescribed medications).
The effects are staggering:
- Adverse drug reaction is estimated as the 4th largest cause of death amongst
- Medication errors have been documented to cost the U.S healthcare system in
excess of $177.4 billion.
- 28% of geriatric hospitalizations are attributed to adverse reactions to
The average elderly person takes 4-6 different prescriptions a day and
refills their prescriptions 12-17 times a year; it is estimated that 15-20% of
these prescriptions are not needed. More than half of aging Americans have
difficulty managing their medications.
John Brady, Executive Vice President for DailyMed, said, “As a result of this
crisis, many seniors resort to asking a caregiver, such as Caring Senior
Service, to assist them with their medications. We realize that when a
prescription regimen is involved, especially if it is a complicated one,
patients and their caregivers find peace of mind when using the DailyMed system.
Caring Senior Service will have knowledgeable representatives who can answer
questions, help them understand how the system works to simplify their lives and
put them at ease with enrollment assistance.”
The DailyMed system transfers prescriptions, over-the-counter
medications and vitamins from a consumer’s present pharmacy and organizes them
into pre-sorted packets, clearly marked with the date and time they should be
taken. An entire 30-day supply of medications is conveniently delivered to a
person’s home in a dispensing box, simplifying medication management for
patients or their caregivers to ensure the right doses are taken at the right
DailyMed accepts most every insurance plan and enrollment is available by
calling 1-800-973-1955 or by contacting your local Caring
Senior Service branch.
Service gives seniors and their families the control they need through
services, safety care technologies and education so they can live healthy, happy
and at home. For more than 18 years, Caring has been the leader in care for the
elderly and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Download DailyMed brochure: http://www.dailymedrx.com/artfiles/dailymedbroch.pdf