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HOME HEALTH CARE A BIG RESPONSIBILITY

 HOME HEALTH CARE A BIG RESPONSIBILITY
 TWINSBURG, Ohio, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holiday season


here, many households are filled with visiting relatives and friends, enjoying the attention and care given them during their stay.
 But an increasing number of us provide care and attention to loved ones, not just over the holiday season, but 365 days a year, as more and more people rely on home health care. This is due primarily to a growing elderly population and the need to reduce inpatient hospital costs.
 Dec. 1 marks the beginning of National Home Care Week, focusing on the needs and responsibilities associated with this growing phenomenon. The pharmacists at Revco Drug Stores join in offering support to those who give or receive home health care.
 Do you tend to the daily home health care needs of a parent, child, spouse or anyone suffering from a debilitating disease or chronic illness? If so, you are a "caregiver" and, as you know, have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders.
 The pharmacists at Revco note that a caregiver must remember to:
 -- Be alert to any changes in the physical condition of a loved one.
 -- Get as much information as possible from health care professionals about a loved one's medical condition.
 -- Know all of the person's prescribed medications: What they do, why they are prescribed, and how and when they should be taken.
 -- Learn everything you can about the prescription and over-the-counter drugs used by the patient. Your pharmacist can tell you a drug's name, purpose, possible side effects or allergic reactions, how often and in what dose it is to be taken, how long it should be used, if it can be refilled, and if there are foods, activities or other drugs that should not be combined with it.
 The pharmacists at Revco Drug Stores provide a personalized Patient Advisory Leaflet to help advise consumers on the proper use of the prescribed medication they are receiving. See your local Revco pharmacist for answers to your questions about prescription drug safety.
 -- Consult pharmacists and physicians for answers and recommendations on available medications and home health care products. Your health care professional can explain how the many over-the-counter products may comfort or aid your loved one.
 Do you receive home health care? Perhaps you have high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes, requiring constant monitoring and treatment. Successful home health care depends on your being a responsible patient by remembering to:
 -- Let others help you stay on schedule with your medication and stick to any special diets. This is especially true during busy or stressful times -- such as the holidays -- when you are apt to forget.
 -- Check with your pharmacist and physician if you are having any difficulty with home health care products such as blood pressure and glucose testing devices, syringes, or even canes or neck collars. He or she can make sure that you are using the item correctly, and offer advice on how to maximize your comfort.
 Home health care is becoming more common in households across America, but the care does not stop at home. Whether you receive home care or are a caregiver, health care professionals -- your local pharmacist and family physician -- provide vital support and guidance.
 Revco is a privately held company based in Twinsburg, Ohio, with annual sales of $1.9 billion. Revco fills approximately 43 million prescriptions a year, and operates 1,150 drug stores in ten continguous eastern states.
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 /CONTACT: Diana Lueptow of Revco, 216-425-9811, ext. 6145/ CO: Revco ST: Ohio IN: MTC SU:


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