A complex reality
Managing medication is a complex role that often falls on a caregiver. It can mean going to the pharmacy, remind the person the time to take the medication or to help the person manage the side effects and interactions with other drugs.
Whether to save time, ease the management of the medication or to prevent omissions, here are some general tips to help you with this sometimes complex aspect of your role as a caregiver:
- Always keep in your possession an updated list of medication, including natural health products.
- Most pharmacies offer a delivery service, often free for seniors. You can also save some time by using the phone or online renewal service.
- In order to facilitate identification, you can ask that the labels for drugs to be printed in large characters.
- To prevent oversight or mistakes, Dispill medication distribution system may be a good solution. It’s a disposable pill dispenser, prepared by the pharmacist, where each dose is sealed individually.
- If your loved one takes medication that is not in a pill form (pump, dermal patch, cream), place it near its pill dispenser to help the person to remember to take it.
- If you work outside the house or have to leave the house during the day, you can program an alarm on your cell phone (or alarm clock or computer) for each time a medication needs to be taken. A simple phone call to the person you are helping, to remind her to take the medication, will reassure you.
- Never change the medication without discussing with your doctor first.
- If you suspect a medication over-consumption or under-consumption problem for your loved one, talk to the pharmacist. He can evaluate the situation and suggest adapted solutions.
- Certain medication may affect behavior and increase…