As populations age, an array of medications become a part of the daily routine. Polypharmacy means ‘many medications. Adherence to a medication regime is necessary for a variety of reasons. But when older people do not take medication prescribed to them, problems can arise for both their long-term and short-term health. Because older adults are more likely to take multiple medications for multiple conditions, they are also at higher risk of harmful drug-disease interactions. Elderly persons have been known to forget to take medications. Not remember what medication was prescribed for, and taking too much or too little of their medicine…all problematic!
However, the aging process and wanting to maintain personal control can create challenges for our loved ones who required day-to-day medication management. I remember a time mother did a great job setting up her medications and correctly taking them.
One day, while caring for my mother, I noticed pills on the floor by her chair. Medication management becomes a high priority on the daily agenda. What should you do as a caregiver with a limited understanding of the loved-one medication regimen if pills are found on the floor?
Medications come in many shapes and sizes. Pills, also, can look remarkably similar. Manufacturers making the same medications can sometimes alter shapes and sizes. This can create a severe problem if you are not paying attention.
What to do with Pills Found on the Floor?
Unless you are 100% sure you know what the pill(s) found on the floor are …Throw Away!
Once you discover as a caregiver that paying more attention to medication time is required, it would be helpful to create a daily routine. This will help with avoiding forgetfulness and ensure all the necessary medications are given. Sidebar: never let an elderly loved one removed medications from their prescription bottle without surveillance. I know using pillboxes is a great way to organize your senior’s medicine, but the process of filling them must be monitored. One last note, learn the medications that are required to be taken on an empty stomach or with food.
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