Noticing the following physical observations may indicate that your parent or elderly relative needs healthcare advocacy, visiting nurse services or home care assistance.  If you are concerned about your parents or elderly relatives, there is likely a valid reason for your concern.  These Early Warning Signs should alert you to possible problems, and identifying a problem is the first step to solving it.


– The elder doesn’t take medications as prescribed

– The elder forgets medications

– Medications are mixed up

– The elder is unable to read or cannot understand the directions

– Medications are too costly so the elder takes partial doses or skips days

– The elder is experiencing side effects of medications

– The elder can no longer manage own medications

– The elder can no longer attain prescriptions from the pharmacy

– The elder has had changes in abilities when taking a new medication

– Multiple doctors are prescribing multiple medications

– Multiple pharmacies are being utilized

Matrix AdvoCare Network/Matrix Team Home Care has been helping seniors and their loved ones for over 25 years!  For more information on this topic read our newsletter “Senior’s and the Medication Maze” or visit the Matrix website at