Your loved one’s physical or mental ailments can easily result in a number of medications being prescribed for daily, weekly, or monthly use. Although it may be a tedious task to sort through the medications, it is extremely important that you do so. Your loved one has been prescribed the medication for a reason and, chances are if it was left up to them, only a portion or none of the medication would be taken.
Here are some steps you can take to help you and your loved one make sure medication is taken as prescribed.
Take an assessment of all the medications your loved one is taking.
Make sure that you are fully informed about all your loved one’s medications and the proper dosages; check to see that the prescriptions are current. The best way to ensure that you are totally up to date is to accompany him/her to an upcoming appointment and meet briefly with the doctor. Of course your loved one must consent to the doctor sharing confidential information. Make sure your name is denoted in your loved one’s medical records as the primary caregiver for future reference.
Establish a routine.
A soon as you have all of the information you need, start getting organized by establishing a routine to ensure that medications are taken as prescribed. Having a routine will help your loved one to accept your authority and will provide you with peace of mind as you will not have to worry about details being forgotten.
Make use of helpful reminders.
There are all types of actions you can incorporate into your routine to make sure that your loved one’s medications are taken at the correct times and in the right doses.
- Create a checklist to complete whenever medication has been taken. This will also aid in keeping track of supplies.
- Dosage cases are also useful for keeping track of how much medication should be taken on a daily/weekly basis.
- Find and download an app for your phone that will help you remember when to administer medications.
Remember, taking the wrong dosage or taking medications at the wrong time can cause adverse effects. Enhance the life of your loved one with established routines and an organized system.