What Support Can My Local Pharmacy Provide to Me As a Caregiver for a Loved One?
Chad Burks, Pharmacist
Your pharmacists and staff care about your needs, well-being and health. We can help save you money or find cheaper alternatives by knowing your needs, budget and lifestyle. Some of our services can help make it easier for you to act as a caregiver for a loved one. We package medications to increase medication compliance and avoid the need to fill weekly pill boxes.
We also have durable medical equipment. Insurance companies may take weeks to approve and send out a wheelchair whereas we can provide you with a lightweight and easy-to-use wheelchair that can be purchased immediately along with lift chairs, scooters and walkers. In addition to durable medical equipment, we offer products that will help on a daily basis, such as bathroom safety equipment, crutches, canes and more. We even offer home modification services to keep your loved ones in their home longer!
Pharmacists understand that supporting family caregivers improves the lives of both the caregiver and the care receiver. In the coming years, the role of the pharmacist in assisting family caregivers is expected to expand. Because pharmacists are trusted, respected and readily available, they will play a much greater role in supporting family caregivers in the future such as ensuring that caregivers stick to the medication regimen of their loved one, identifying caregiver distress and suggesting resources and products that can help in the care of a loved one.
If you are a family caregiver, consider your pharmacist a “care partner,” and find out what programs they offer.
The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.
November 1, 2019