Timing is Everything!
Your elderly loved one may require an assortment of medication each day to help them feel their best. As a result it's important that each drug be present in the body in the prescribed dosage and at the appropriate time to be most effective. This of course means the caregiver must ensure they are taken at the same time every day.
Keeping on top of prescription times and doses as well as everything else in a caregiver’s day can be tricky, particularly if you're new to the role. Here are a few ideas to help with medication management:
1. Blister Packaging
Your pharmacy can provide prescriptions divided into small sealed compartments. These daily bubble packages give you specific information on the day and time that medications should be taken. This convenient packaging can help you to keep track of all medications. Fees for this service may vary, so check with your local pharmacy.
2. Schedule with Meals
Working within pre-established routines and coinciding medications with mealtimes can ensure they’re taken regularly. However some drugs require special considerations, such as being taken on an empty stomach, so be sure to read labels carefully.
3. Set an Alarm
Life gets busy and sometimes things get away from us. Setting an alarm to ensure medications are taken on time can truly be a lifesaver. Smart pill dispensers can alert you when it's time for the next dose; some models even include locking mechanisms to prevent loved ones from over medicating. A huge variety of features are available, so shop around to find one that suits your needs.