Ten signs that tell community pharmacy teams that someone may be a carer

Ten signs that tell community pharmacy teams that someone may be a carer

Top tips from Carer-friendly Pharmacies on identifying which of your patients and customers are likely to be looking after someone who couldn't get by without their support.
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06/10/15

Carers are often the people who:-

  • Drop off and collect prescriptions for another person.

  • Collect medications for someone who has a condition (e.g. dementia) which suggests that they wouldn't be able to get by on their own.

  • Buy incontinence products or other items associated with ill health, frailty or disability.

  • Ask for advice about someone else’s medication, health condition or disability rather than their own.

  • Sit in on a Medicines Use Review and give the impression that they are main 'manager' of your patient's medications.

  • May seem to be in a hurry to get back home because they don't want to leave someone on their own for very long.

  • Visit the pharmacy with someone who appears to need their support. 

  • May look tired, depressed or anxious when the person they usually accompany isn't with them. 

  • Take delivery of medications from the pharmacy delivery driver.

  • Regularly buy over-the-counter medicines for another person.