For many elders, it can be difficult to remember when or if a certain medication was taken.
Therefore they may take multiple doses or skipped taking the medication altogether.
Our caregivers remind your loved one to take their medications at the correct time and record this on a Weekly Medication Schedule that the correct dose has been taken on time.
This ensures that the medication has been taken correctly and that there are no double doses or skipped medications.
Medication Tips for Family Caregivers
People who have serious health issues often take a large number of medications at many times of the day, some before meals and some after, and this can become very confusing for anyone.
Start by making a list of all the medications and for each medication record:
• Days of the week the medication must be taken
• Number of times per day for each medication
• Time of the day
• Whether the medication is to be taken with or without food
• How much water should be taken with the medicine
• Any special instructions for the medication such as not to be taken with milk
Times of the Day
• 2 times a day is approximately at 8 AM and 8 PM
• 3 times a day is approximately at 9 AM, 1:00 PM and 6 PM
• 4 times a day is approximately at 9 AM, 1:00 PM, 5 PM and 6 PM
Weekly Medication Schedule
After you have made a list of all the medications and their information, create a Weekly Medication Schedule with grid for the days of the week and times of the day.
Make sure you chose the time based on whether the medication should be taken before or after a meal.
Once your Weekly Medication Schedule is made you can organize a pillbox based on each day and times the medications are to be given.
• Different pillboxes have different configurations. For example, one with 4 built-in compartments can be for different 4 times a day
• After you have filled the pillbox put the medication bottles away where no one can get at them
• Never crush pills without speaking with the doctor or pharmacist. Many medications have special coatings. If the person has problems swallowing the medication, ask if there is another way the medication can be taken.
• Store most medication in a cool, dry place. Generally not in the bathroom.
• Remove the cotton from each bottle so moisture is not drawn in.
Additional Family Caregiver Resources
For additional Family Caregiver tips please see our directory of Online Resources.
About Unique HomeCare Services
We provide both short-term and long-term in-home care needs from as little as one 4 hour day a week to 24 Hour Care and Live-In Care.
We offer a full range of in-home personal care services including Bathing, Personal Hygiene and Grooming, Dressing Assistance, Toileting and Incontinence, Feeding, and Medication Reminders.
We also provide support services such as Case Management, Accompaniment to Appointments, Nutrition and Meal Management, Light Housekeeping and Laundry Services, Bed and Wheel Chair Transfers, and Shopping and Running Errands.
Unique HomeCare Services is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts and serves the surrounding communities.
It is our pleasure to assist our veteran clients with VA Aid and Attendance Benefit approval at no cost.
To schedule a no cost and no obligation In-Home Assessment to determine the home care needs and get a quote, please call us to speak to a Case Manager at (800) 296-9962 or fill out our Free Quote Contact Form.