|Posted by Joe B. Nester on September 15, 2015 at 8:20 AM||comments (353)|
There has to be a better way; is how we have looked at senior care in South Carolina for the past 15 years. Heat sealed punch cards or bingo cards as they are sometimes referred to have been used in the pharmacy industry for decades and are finally being eliminated by efficient, automated medication management systems such as the Taylst™ system by InSite™.
The digital age has ushered in these new technologies which have proven to be far superior to previous methods, and in effect allow Long Term Care facilities to have a virtual pharmacy within their buildings. There are many advantages to this new system and the positive impact directly correlates to better care and more efficient medication management for patients and residents.
Some of the major advantages of an automated system are:
• Elimination of waste due to the fact that just one days’ worth of medication is dispensed at a time.
• When doctors change medication orders they can now be administered immediately instead of waiting days for them to be couriered from a physical pharmacy.
• Nurses have more time to spend with their patients because their time performing medication passes has been cut by approximately 60 percent per pass.
• Dramatic reduction in errors to a fraction of what can be achieved with the old method.
Agapé Senior pioneered this new technology in South Carolina for Long Term Care facilities and realized the advantages of the system within their own facilities. Expanding this technology throughout South Carolina and working with The Board of Pharmacy to allow the system to expand into Assisted Living Communities will ultimately lead to better senior care throughout South Carolina.
|Posted by Amy Quenneville on November 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM||comments (1)|
On Thursday, November 14, Daniel Bundrick, RPh, VP of Pharmacy Service – Agape Pharmacy presented to the residents at Pebble Creek Independent Senior Apartment Complex located in Lexington. The residents learned about complications, side effects of herbal and OTC medications and concerns with interactions of prescription drugs. Key is to use one pharmacy so medications are constantly reviewed for interactions / complications with each other. Daniel reviewed the residents current medications with them. A lot of informative information was shared with the residents.
|Posted by Amy Quenneville on November 1, 2013 at 12:10 AM||comments (1)|
Agape Pharmacist Bonnie Thompson presents Medication and Patient Safety Presentation to Harbison Recreational Senior Adults on Friday, October 11th. The presentation covers a lot of valuable information regarding medications and safety. For example, over-the-counter medicines interacting negatively with prescription medicine. Bonnie will be presenting this helpful presentation at Pebble Creek Senior Independent Living Apartment Complex in Lexington on November 14th at 10:30 a.m. and Avalon Place in Columbia on November 11th at 10:00 a.m.
|Posted by Jennifer Kistler on September 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM||comments (1)|
Agape Pharmacy is going to speak this Wednesday, October 3rd at The Shepherd Center on Trenholm Rd. They will address the impoortant topic of Drug Interactions and Safety. This is the fourth in a 9 week series on "Taking Charge of Your Health Care".
If you are interested in coming, please contact The Shepherd Center at Trenholm (803) 779-4449. If you are interested in scheduling a similar presentation for your own group, please call Agape Hospice at (803) 454-1221.
|Posted by Taylor on September 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM||comments (1)|
Tuesday, October 16th, Agape is hosting a “Steps for Healthy Living” event at Northeast Presbyterian Church. The event should last about 2 hours: from noon to 2pm. We will be having speakers from all areas of Agape coming to share their knowledge!
This is the first time we’ve put on “Steps for Healthy Living,” so we are extremely excited to be doing this event and see how it unfolds. So far, we are having representatives from Agape Pharmacy and Agape Rehab to come share their expertise and advice. We will also be having free blood pressure screenings!
We are really hoping to make lots of connections with those who are able to attend and that they really enjoy it. Hopefully, this is only the first of many events like this!
|Posted by Joe B. Nester on September 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM||comments (8)|
Bundrick Named to Help Lead Agapé Pharmacy
West Columbia—Daniel Bundrick, RPh has recently been named the new vice-president of pharmacy services for Agapé Pharmacy.
A pharmacist for 28 years, Bundrick has spent most of his career working in long-term care and employee based models. Previously he worked at the Lowman Home, part of Lutheran Homes of South Carolina, Palmetto Senior Care, and SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 energy-based holding company.
Bundrick has received many honors over the years including Innovative Pharmacist in 2007, the Institute of Safe Medicine Practices’ Safety Cheers Award in 2011, and Preceptor of the Year in 2006 and again in 2010 from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy.
Bundrick is not a stranger to Agapé Pharmacy. He helped Agapé Senior CEO Scott Middleton start up Agapé Pharmacy several years ago. “I am so proud of how Agapé Pharmacy has grown and evolved. When the opportunity came to return, I believed that now is the right time to come back and use my skills and dedication to take the pharmacy to the next level,” remarked Bundrick.
Bundrick has many plans for Agapé Pharmacy including expanding hours and services at the pharmacy’s Cayce retail location. “I believe the most important things for a pharmacy are safety, innovation, along with training and teaching, but above all, outstanding customer service is the premier goal for me. I believe in giving stunning customer service and I expect this to be the culture of the Agapé Pharmacy staff. We are here to serve the public and the residents and employees of Agapé Senior,” further remarked Bundrick.
Bundrick has been married for 27 years and has two sons. In his spare time he plays church softball, enjoys many sports, travels, enjoys photography, and designs collegiate logos for local universities. Bundrick is also the author of a children’s book called Roy, Weather Boy.
Agapé Senior is a network of residential and health-related companies with services across South Carolina. For more information about Agapé Senior, visit AgapeSenior.com or call 1-800-411-AGAPÉ (2427).
|Posted by Joe B. Nester on September 11, 2012 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
An Educational Series Courtesy of Agapé Senior
Diabetes affects millions of Americans and is a growing problem in our country. Prevention is the key to fighting this epidemic. For those diagnosed with diabetes, education and good self-care are essential to prevent or postpone complications.
To help our community improve overall health and well-being, Agapé Senior is providing this educational series to provide valuable information about diabetes management.
Over the next ten weeks, this series of topics from Pharmacist Daniel Bundrick will provide you with important, up to date information, along with links to various web sites for more information. You can also “ask Agapé” and schedule to speak to any of our experts, at no charge, about diabetes and other topics.
1. Overview of Diabetes
2. Diet & Exercise
3. Carbohydrate Counting – Meal Planning
4. Know Your Numbers: Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, A1C, Cholesterol
5. Self Blood Glucose Monitoring
6. Hypoglycemia & Hyperglycemia: Signs & Symptoms
7. Prevention of Heart, Eye & Kidney Disease
8. Foot Care
9. Insulin Overview
10. Oral Medications to Manage Diabetes
Living with Diabetes is presented by Daniel Bundrick, RPh, Pharmacist with Agapé Pharmacy. Some information and statistics are obtained from The American Diabetes Association® (Diabetes.org) which is an excellent resource for everything related to diabetes. Throughout this series, we will be referencing specific areas of the ADA site. MedlinePlus® (nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus), a service of the US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health, is also another highly reliable resource. This site includes information on the three different types of diabetes, the symptoms, and what you can do to prevent it and an interactive tutorial.
You can also contact Agapé Senior and schedule to talk to any one of our experts. They are available to answer your questions and share additional information and tools. Contact Daniel Bundrick at DBundrick@AgapeSenior.com or call (800) 411-AGAPE (2427).
|Posted by Joe B. Nester on July 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM||comments (1)|
Diabetes affects millions of Americans and is a growing epidemic. Education and good self-care are essential.
Agapé Pharmacy, in helping our community improve overall health and well-being, is providing this series of valuable information about diabetes management. Over the next few weeks, Pharmacist Daniel Bundrick will provide you with important, up to date information to help you Live with Diabetes.