How does Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania help with Medication Management?
At Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania, our goal is to keep medication as simple as possible. Consider that more than 21 percent of people have used three or more prescription drugs over the past month—more than 10 percent have used at least five—and the need becomes clear.
We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, and that’s especially so when it comes to medications. Medication management and teaching are essential components of individualized care. Patients may respond to medications in different ways. In addition, when a patient is on numerous medicines, those medicines may interact in negative ways.
The challenges are multiplied for those with poor health, memory loss and/or Alzheimer’s disease. In these cases, it may be harder to keep up with directions for taking the individual medicines. The result is more than mere confusion; forgotten doses, incorrect doses or doses taken at the wrong time may be physically harmful.
In general, the fewer and more effective the medications prescribed, the safer—and healthier—the patient will be. Our aim is to view each patient’s list of medications holistically, ensuring the right mix for the right patient at the right time.