Mac's LTC Pharmacy Blog

Providing Industry News, Health Tips, and Information for Long-Term Care Facilities

Anti-Inflammatory Spices for Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis (PA) is a form of arthritis that affects some people that have the skin condition psoriasis - a condition resulting in red patches of skin topped with silvery scales. Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the main symptoms of PA, and are caused by a hyperactive immune system that creates inflammation in the body. There is currently no cure for PA, so treatments focus on controlling symptoms and preventing damage to joints. Without treatments, PA may become disabling. Several medications can be used to decrease pain and inflammation, or there are procedures to reduce inflammation, such as steroid injections or joint replacement surgeries. However, before utilizing these measures, many people turn to natural remedies first. There are several spices that have been shown beneficial in psoriatic arthritis.

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Topics: Pharmacy, Healthy Tips

Employee Spotlight | Whitney Walker

Meet Whitney Walker, this week’s Employee Spotlight! Whitney is an excellent and dedicated pharmacist here at Mac’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions. She brings joy in the pharmaceutical care for our patients and communities we serve. She has worked in various areas of pharmacy including academics, community, and long-term care. Committed to lifelong learning and eager to stay current on the latest information and technologies, Whitney provides positive outcomes for our patients! 

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Topics: Pharmacy, Employee Spotlight

What is eMar?

eMAR, or electronic medication administration record is the electronic versions replacing paper records previously used in many healthcare facilities. Both of these medication administration records serve as a legal record of all of the drugs administered to each patient at a community by a healthcare professional. These administrations are then part of the patient’s permanent record on their medical chart. It is essential for the patients’ health that this record is accurate and updated regularly.

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Topics: Efficiency, eMAR

LTC Pharmacy Logistics

Long-term care (LTC) pharmacies serve the residents of nursing homes, assisted-living communities, extended-care communities, and retirement communities. LTC pharmacies operate differently than most traditional pharmacies. Usually, these pharmacies are “closed-door,” meaning that no patients walk-in to fill prescriptions. LTC pharmacy procedures go above and beyond many retail pharmacy processes, with core services including prescription processing, dispensing and delivery, medication management, return, reuse, and disposal of medications.

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Topics: Partner, LTC Pharmacy

Diabetes Prevention and 4 Ways to Reduce Your Risk

Diabetes is a condition that affects over 30 million Americans. When uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to severe complications such as: blindness, kidney failure, and heart disease. Certain risk factors (age, genetics, past behaviors) cannot be changed; however, there are some actions you can take now to reduce your risks in an effort to prevent diabetes.

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Topics: LTC Pharmacy, Diabetes

Why Partner with Mac’s LTC?

Local pharmacy services, improving patient health, increasing health care education; these are all substantial reasons why you should partner with Mac’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions. We are a known Technology Industry Leader in robotics and automation and our partners are the ones that benefit from this. At the core of our business are the partners and relationships we have, and we do all we can to care for those relationships. 

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Topics: Partner, Positive Relationships

Food to Eat to Help Prevent Diabetes

At Mac’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions, we pride ourselves on improving the health of our community partners’ residents, but we also aim to educate clients before their health declines. We offer the communities we partner with education services for their residents and also their staff. It is important to be well-educated on proper medication administration, pharmacy services, and healthy habits. Our on-site education opportunities teach a number of topics such as heart health, nutrition practices, and diabetes-related courses. Diabetes can be a complex and expensive disease that requires constant self-management. The optimum way to control diabetes is to prevent it from happening. The best way to prevent diabetes is to control what you eat, and Mac’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions has provided a list of foods that can help you do just that.

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Topics: LTC Pharmacy

The Differences Between an LTC Pharmacy and a Retail Pharmacy

With an aging population, it is more apparent than ever to have their continuous pharmaceutical needs met. Fortunately, with advancing medical science, we can be more responsive to those who have the most significant medical needs, our seniors. When we focus our services for the seniors in our country, we need to ease the complexities the caregiver must endure helping with proper treatment. These complexities involve medication organization, dosage confirmation, proper scheduling, and prescription drug acquisition. For a senior living community full of seniors, which would be a better pharmacy option, a Long-term Care also known as an LTC Pharmacy or a Retail Pharmacy?

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Topics: Pharmacy, LTC Pharmacy

Why a Family Operated Business that is Locally-Owned Matters

Mac’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions is a family operated business, in addition to being locally-owned. At Mac's LTC we can focus on our senior living communities and their residents’ needs located throughout the Southeastern region of the United States. So, why does being a business that is family operated or locally owned benefit with this goal?

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Topics: Pharmacy, Family Operated

How to Prepare for Allergy Season with Mac's LTC

As the days warm up, you are more likely to want to spend your time in the outdoors. The springtime brings colorful flowers, sun shining days, and unfortunately, pollen and similar irritants. If you are an older adult with a chronic ailment, you are more susceptible to allergies in the spring. Fortunately, Mac's LTC has ways for you to prepare for the allergy season and tips for dealing with allergy symptoms. 

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