Medications Getting Missed?
There are a few options for medications and the challenges they provide. When you have a loved one at home, forgetting to take their meds is a common problem. Let’s briefly discuss your options to overcome this challenge.
- First thing you can do is hire a caregiver to always be there to remind them to take the necessary drug(s). If they have a pill after breakfast, lunch, and dinner…just make sure the caregiver knows what drug and dose is due. If the caregiver will only be there for part of the day, ask them to set out the medicine for the next dosage so mom or dad can remember to take them.
- The next option would be to have a pill organizer (Check out Home Care Essentials Here) set up with each time’s dosage. For example, mom has to remember that after breakfast she needs to go to the organizer and take the meds for the am shift on the appropriate day. She can then do this at each appropriate time. This helps with keeping the correct pills at the correct times. The key is making sure she remembers to go to the container.
- A Phone Call Away – Either call yourself or have someone you trust make a phone call to your loved one and remind them to take their pills. There are also services that provide this service for a fee. The challenge in doing this yourself is of course, remembering to make the call! Probably not the best solution but it is certainly a possibility.
- The last option to consider would be a electronic medication reminder. This is becoming more and more of a feasible option as this challenge becomes more common for people. What used to cost thousands for a machine has slowly come down to a much more affordable level. In short; these machines can be programmed for designated times and then an alarm goes off. The alarm has to be reset and at that time, the medications are dispensed and the individual takes them. This is a very simple process and it allows peace of mind knowing that mom or dad is taking the necessary meds.
Someone Has To Setup The Medications!
One thing that has to be appropriately planned for is setting up the meds. This can be done by anyone of your choosing but it is critical that it is done correctly. Hiring an agency to have a nurse come in is a very common practice or a family member can also do this. Quick Tips Regarding Meds has a few important things to consider.
There are several options for pill organizers and medication reminders. The article here regarding our comparison of 3 of the more popular machines on Amazon is a must read if you are considering a electronic medication dispenser. These machines are very affordable in the scheme of things and been shown to reduce medication errors considerably.