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Administering Medicine: Tips for Carers and Family Members
This entry was posted on July 19, 2017.
Managing someone’s medication can be a challenging task. Not only is it difficult to manage multiple types of medication, but it can be tricky when the individual being cared for is reluctant to take the medication. Here is some advice to make the process a little easier.
Medication for Dementia
Caregivers of someone with Dementia are often faced with an individual that tries to avoid medication. It may be that the person being cared for doesn't remember and therefore understand why they require medication, or it could simply be that medication is a scary thought to them. Consider the following factors when trying to overcome this hurdle:
- Some sufferers of Dementia become overwhelmed by the sight of their medication. If there are a lot of pills in sight, this can provoke them into becoming resistant. Because of this, try presenting medication only one pill at a time.
- Patients are more likely to become resistant to their medication if they are anxious or distressed. Try and promote a relaxing environment and remain calm yourself. If they are in an anxious mood, try and wait it out until they are more relaxed. Timing is key!
- If the problem is that the individual doesn’t like swallowing the pills, check with the pharmacist whether the medication is available in liquid form. If not, some pills are crushable and able to be mixed in with food. But make sure to check with the pharmacist first.
- Medicine pots can be a great aid in providing medication. These cups display easy to read measurements that help you to provide the correct dosage of medication. Not only this, but the use of disposable medication pots makes the process hygienic.
Tips for Organising Medication
- Carers can ask pharmacists for a dosette box if the person they are caring for requires multiple pills a day. These boxes indicate which pills need to be taken on which day, allowing you to place the pills in the correct daily compartments.
- Clue yourself up on the instructions of the medication, as these provide the dose and time of day that the medication should be provided.
- Organise the medication into one place. Dedicating a section of a cupboard or a drawer will help you to manage the medication. If small and inquisitive children live in the house, consider locking the cupboard or drawer to prevent the medication falling into the wrong hands. You may even choose to invest in a Drug storage cabinet, with the option of getting one that is safe and controllable.
- Some individuals remain in charge of taking the mediation themselves. Setting up reminders will help them to remember when to take the medication. Simply phoning them at the times they need to take the medication will help them and give you peace of mind. Alternatively, there are automatic pill dispensers that beep and allow access when the pills need to be taken.
If you require any help or advice on products that aid the administration of medication, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help!