A dose of compassion

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

As our population grows and ages, pharmacists play an increasingly important role in providing patient care. Today’s pharmacists not only dispense medication, they care for patients directly, providing education and advice. And sometimes — as in the case of Pharmacy student Lisa Ros-Choi — they do much more.

As part of her clinical training, Lisa was reviewing medications with an elderly patient at a retirement home. She noticed that he seemed confused about what he was taking. And as they talked about his night-time breathing problems, he tearfully mentioned that his wife — isolated in the home’s memory ward — had no recollection of him. 
Lisa Ros-Choi

“Together, we created an action plan that involved helping him better manage his sleep, contacting his doctor for further treatment and encouraging staff at the home to provide him with regular updates about his wife,” Lisa says.

Read the full story on the Waterloo News site.