Missing or doubling up on medication can cause major problems for older persons, including unnecessary hospital visits. If you are prescribed multiple medications or taking care of someone who is, remembering what drug to take when can be a real chore. Here are 6 simple tips for making medication management less challenging:
1) Set timers on your cell phone.
2) If you are married or coupled up, make it a habit that both of you take medicines at the same time.
3) Use the Lively Safety Watch which offers med reminders.
4) Use an old-fashioned pill box with dividers for days and time of day. While not fancy, it is very effective for people who take multiple meds. Set up a time every week or two to focus on filling the sections with the appropriate medicine. Be sure to not allow distractions like tv or texts when doing this.
5) Consider using an old-fashioned paper and pencil tracking system.
6) If an older adult is still struggling with medication management after trying a system, consider whether it’s time for hiring a home care aide or going to assisted living. Often the inability to be medication-compliant is a red flag that more help is needed.
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Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.