Medication Management for Your Aging Loved Ones
If you are a family caregiver, you may be familiar with the responsibility of organizing, monitoring, and administering medicines for your loved one. Depending on their condition, this may mean keeping track of a plethora of different medications that have to be taken at different times and or days. Is there any way to make this task easier? Fortunately, yes! But it may take a little bit of preparatory effort on your part.
- Keep track of your loved one’s medical information: This can include doctor’s visits, test results, and especially information about medicines. You may not need to constantly refer to this information, but it will definitely be useful to have around in case any emergencies arise. Consider keeping a physical binder of all of these materials. Or, which may be preferable, keep electronic documents saved on an external hard drive. If there is any reason to do this, it’s to remind yourself of certain side-effects of the medicine or what dosage was prescribed. It’s always handy to keep documents for reference.
- Do what you can to prepare for weeks ahead: Some individuals require many different types of medications. Often, it is far too inconvenient to think of this on a daily basis. You should buy multiple pill boxes and organize them as you see fit. If you buy big boxes, you may be able to organize them for the whole month. This can save you a lot of headache down the road.
- Rely on technology: If your memory is slipping as a result of stress or lack of sleep, you may not be able to rely on yourself to remind your loved one to take their medications. You should therefore rely on electronic calendars that can be programmed to alert you at various times of the day so you are constantly aware that your loved one needs to take their medicine.
- Establish a routine: After a while, taking medications will become routine for your loved one. But you, as a family caregiver, also have to adapt to this new lifestyle if you are managing your loved one’s medications. Find the appropriate times to organize what needs organizing, and eventually it will become routine for you, as well.
- Avoid messes: Keep your medications in an easy-to-see place where they are free from getting buried or lost. It is important to take medications consistently, so make sure they are in a place where you will easily remember them.
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