Percentage of patients who get better at taking their medicines correctly (by mouth)

What It Means
For medicines to work properly, they need to be taken correctly. Taking too much or too little medicine can keep it from helping you feel better and, in some cases, can make you sicker, make you confused (which could affect your safety), or even cause death. Home health staff can help teach you ways to organize your medicines and take them properly. Getting better at taking your medicines correctly means the home health agency is doing a good job teaching you how to take your medicines.

Why It Is Important
Some patients take medicines (by mouth) to control different diseases or conditions. It is important that you take the right medicines, at the right times, and in the right amounts. Medicines include those prescribed by a doctor, and over-the-counter medicines like pain relievers, vitamins, laxatives, and antacids that don't need a prescription.

If you can take your medicines correctly with little help, you may be more independent, feel better about yourself, and stay more active. This can affect your health in a good way. Your ability to take your medicines correctly may help you live independently as long as possible in your own home.

Tell your doctor and home health care staff :

  • all the medicines you take, including over-the counter medicines.
  • if you are allergic to or have had a bad reaction (like rashes or dizziness) to any medicine in the past.

Some patients will lose function in their basic daily activities even though the home health care agency provides good care.

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