As a person ages, the likelihood of the need to take prescription medication can increase greatly. And when it comes to being certain that a senior citizen takes his or her prescribed medication at the right time, the in home care provider plays a vital role, since a missed dosage or a dosage that mistakenly interacts with another medication can lead to dire health consequences for the senior. So what steps can a caregiver take to make sure that the senior stays on schedule?

One great way is through the use of alarms. Most pharmacies of chain drug stores sell medication alarms, similar to a regular alarm clock. Since in many instances the in home caregiver can’t be there to remind the senior when to take the medication, this ensures that the senior will have no doubt when it is time. If the senior takes multiple doses of medication on a daily basis, medical organizers can simplify the process for the senior. This will involve some planning by the care giver, as the medications will need to be divided up and organized ahead of time.

Another method that our caregivers, with the aid of the senior’s physician, can employ is to have the medication prepackage in bubble packs. By providing the senior with their medication in this manner for a period of a week at a time, it alleviates the problem of the senior not remembering what medications to take and in what quantities, as well as guarding against potentially dangerous drug interactions. This will also provide stability to the senior’s medicine regimen which can help keep a medical condition under control.

Finally, a little association can take away the trouble of having to remember when to take the medication. For example, by linking a medication that has to be taken with food to dinner time, the senior will know to take the medication when eating. Or, if a medication needs to be taken first thing in the morning and the senior prefers to walk the dog or take part in a daily exercise routine at that time, a caregiver can have the senior associate the medication with the activity. When possible, the care giver should try to get other family members involved by helping to establish the routine. By helping the senior stay on schedule with taking medication, they can help to ensure continued good health.

Tender Hearts at Home Senior Care of Cincinnati, Ohio provides the best non-medical home care services with compassionate caregivers. They provide home health care, elder care, live in care, personal care, companion care, respite care, errands, transportation, home helper and senior helper services and all many other types of non-medical senior care. A family owned and operated company in Cincinnati, Ohio serving Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties. Please call us when your loved one needs help at 513-234-0805

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