Medication usage is simply a fact of life for many seniors. However, at New Hampshire Home Care Assistance we know firsthand how overwhelming it can be to effectively manage a vast array of prescriptions. Our experienced caregivers have put together this list of useful tips for implementing a safe and practical system.
1. Post an Updated Medications List
Always have a current list of prescriptions hanging in a prominent area of the home, even on the outside of the area where prescriptions are stored. Take this list with you to every doctor’s visit as well.
2. Keep Records of Side Effects
While some medications unfortunately come with side effects that are a lesser evil to the overall good, some drugs adversely react with others, and some are not age appropriate for certain stages of life. Keep notes about any noticeable or unusual side effects to share with your part-time caregiver and physician. It may be a helpful or even lifesaving action.
3. Store Medications Wisely
Come up with a system that is easy to follow. This may involve using different pill dispensers for morning and evening or using a pill container that is labeled with days of the week. Of course, it is also important to store these containers out of reach of children or pets.
4. Have a Reminder System
A reminder system may mean setting a cell phone alarm to remind you when it is medication time or linking the intake of prescriptions with other parts of the daily routine. For example, taking a medication with a certain meal or snack or as part of your waking or bedtime routine. Keep all caregivers in the loop about the reminder system.
Medication can be quite important to overall prosperity, and it’s important to find a feasible way to incorporate them into your life with ease. For some seniors, remembering to take medications is still a challenge regardless of the systems in place.
If this sounds like you or an elderly loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our friendly New Hampshire caregivers are available on a part-time or live-in basis and can offer medication reminders, pick up prescriptions and ensure they’re filled in a timely manner, and help with other everyday tasks around the home. For more information, please call (603) 471-3004 today.