Caregivers often assist with providing prescription and non-prescription medications to seniors. Medication abuse is categorised by misusing medications on purpose or by accident. Medication abuse can have serious health complications for seniors.
Examples of medication abuse include:
- the misuse of medications, prescriptions or mood altering substances on purpose or by accident;
- over-medication; and
- not providing adequate or appropriate medication when needed or when prescribed.
Indicators of medication abuse include:
- reduced mental or physical activity;
- making inconsistent statements; and
- appearing confused.
NOTE: Some of these indicators may be present and the older adult is not being abused; these are merely possible indicators of abuse.
For more information, please view CPLEA’s Let’s talk: Elder abuse resource manual.