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posted: May 28, 2009

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Timely Tip: Elderly Traveling with Medications

With the start of the summer travel season, you may be planning on a trip with your elderly loved one. If you're planning on flying and your elder takes medications, remember that you will have to take them in their original, labeled containers. Keep them with you; don't put them in checked baggage because putting them in checked baggage is risky, with no guarantee that that the bag they are in won’t be either delayed or lost. 

If your elder's medication schedule is complicated, or if there are several medications to keep track of while you're away from home, it's often easier to ask the pharmacist to blister-pack them. This involves sorting the medications by time of day to be taken (breakfast, noon, afternoon, bedtime, etc.) and bubble-packing them together. The packs are labeled and sealed by the pharmacist, making the airlines happy.
You will probably have more success finding a pharmacist who will do this at an independent pharmacy, but be sure to call ahead to ask before you start running all over town.
Always order at least three more days of packed meds than you think you will need, just in case there is a travel delay.
Blister/bubble packs are also easier for other friends and family members to keep track of, if your elder will be visiting someone who isn’t familiar with the medication schedule.
-- By Molly Shomer
Head Coach
The Eldercare Team

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