Getting Ready for Hawaii’s Senior Living Boom
Innovative options and solutions are growing in response to increasing elder care needs and the graying of Hawaii’s baby boomers
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Hany Guirguis, RPh, PhD,
As family members are well aware, aging relatives often require specialized health care and monitored medication treatment.
“We play a vital role in ensuring they get the proper advice and care to ensure their health,” says Mina Pharmacy’s Vice President/Chairman Hany Guirguis, RPh, PhD. “Our aim is to closely interact face-to-face with our patients to understand their unique pharmacy needs and health conditions. At the same time, customers desire speed, convenience and accuracy.”
Besides offering convenient personalized services, Mina Pharmacy is Hawaii’s first pharmacy to install a robot prescription dispenser that accurately packages, labels and caps an order electronically in just 10 seconds.
The 14-year-old Hawaii-based pharmacy is expanding, retooling and adding to their existing services to respond to the multiple and complex medication needs of our seniors. Its retail pharmacy division provides specialized services to adult residential care homes, including in-service training for caregivers, medication therapy management in partnership with other health professionals, and free prescription delivery to retirement communities and care homes. Mina Pharmacy handles refill requests, monthly refill reminders and provides complimentary mail service to the home or office.
In 2003, Mina Pharmacy became a specially licensed long-term care pharmacy serving skilled nursing care facilities, assisted living homes and intermediate care facilities.
In August 2011, Mina Pharmacy began offering robot-dispensed long-term care blister card packaging, which allows safe, sanitary and convenient tracking of dosages. It also launched a sophisticated medical administration record program, generating government-required monthly medication reports for care home and adult foster care home operators from the actual database of prescription information.
“This new service saves time and ensures accuracy,” says Guirguis.
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