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Rehab Spotlight | Atkinson's Pharmacy Group

Rehab Spotlight

As pharmacy professionals working in the Jacksonville community for over 50 years, we know how important rehabilitative care is for patients and their families. That’s why we are devoted to partner with rehabilitation centers throughout Florida.

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How to Get the Long-Term Care Talk Started

There are nearly 67 million Americans providing assistance to their spouse, relative, parent, or close relation. With this in mind, it is important to remember that both aging and the potential for specialized long-term care solutions are two topics that shouldn’t be put off for too long. However, before discussions begin, family members should gather all of the information needed to have an understanding, yet productive, conversation with aging loved ones.

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3 Major Signs a Patient is Addicted to Pain Medication | Atkinson's Pharmacy Group

3 Major Signs a Patient is Addicted to Pain Medication

With millions of opioid prescriptions being doled out every year, the topic of addiction has never been more relevant than it is today. One of the easiest ways to spot an addict is to observe their physical appearance. An addict may have bloodshot eyes or have gone through a sudden weight change. They may have poor coordination, slurred speech or emanate strange body odors. But it’s not always as obvious as just seeing a person on a daily basis. Caregivers should learn more about the signs of this dreaded disease if they want to be effective in their jobs.

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Pharmacy Services for Home Healthcare | Atkinson's Pharmacy Group

Pharmacy Services for Home Healthcare

When a person needs assistance in their everyday lives, it can leave caregivers and families feeling as though they’re at a bit of a crossroads. All things being equal, most patients would prefer to remain in their home, so at least part of their routine can stay intact. It’s why Atkinson’s Pharmacy works with preferred home healthcare partners to help patients live their current lifestyle.

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The Importance of Starting Probiotics Early When Administering Antibiotics

Antibiotics might be designed to help defend your body against harmful pathogens, but they can also kill the good bacteria in your gut. When all of the good bacteria in your gut is gone, your body can quickly succumb to fast-growing Candida and other harmful pathogens that can wreak havoc on your small intestine and other internal organs. Fortunately, probiotics can help to combat the harmful side effects of long-term antibiotic treatments.

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Atkinson's Pharmacy | How to Get the Durable Medical Equipment You Need

How to Get the Durable Medical Equipment You Need

When most of us think of pharmacies, we think of the smiling faces and helpful staff who fill our prescriptions, help us choose which vitamins to purchase or guide us to the right aisle to make a last-minute purchase during cold and flu season. We don’t typically think of the heavy-duty products that are required when disaster strikes, or we are left in need crutches, braces, mobility assistance and other devices. However, these things are available through many of today’s pharmacies, as they have begun doubling as durable medical equipment providers. Take a look at what qualifies as durable medical equipment, and how much easier it is to get nowadays when the need arises!

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Atkinson's Pharmacy | Diabetes in Long-Term Care

Diabetes in Long-Term Care

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s estimated that nearly 30 million Americans live with diabetes, while an additional 86 million people have prediabetes, a condition that often leads to diabetes without significant lifestyle changes. Furthermore, it’s estimated that about a quarter of the total citizens 65 years and older in the U.S. have diabetes, which makes managing the condition in long-term care settings like skilled nursing homes and assisted living centers all the more important. Diabetes in older adults is directly linked to higher mortality rates and reduced function – both cognitively and physically.

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New Requirements on Psychoactive Drugs in Skilled Nursing Homes

Because of general “aging” of America’s population, the proportion of individuals who need long-term care is expected to increase, meaning that more and more people will be seeking care in senior living settings such as skilled nursing homes or assisted living facilities. In order to provide a specific standard of care for each person’s unique requirements, facilities have requirements for how to fulfill that care, especially as it relates to dispensing medications. Long-term care pharmacies also have regulations they must follow, but there are some new regulations in the pharmacy services section pertaining to the oversight of psychoactive drugs.

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