Why don’t you try? : Find help with managing your loved one’s medication
Keep medicines organised
Make sure medicines are all kept in one place in the home, preferably in a locked cupboard or drawer. This is particularly important if children live in or visit the house.
Also, make sure repeat prescriptions are dispensed in time so the person you look after doesn’t run out of medicine.
If you spend a lot of time fetching prescriptions from the GP and picking up medicines from the pharmacy, ask the GP surgery if they can send prescriptions directly to the pharmacy.
Some pharmacists also offer home delivery services for people who find it difficult to get out of the house.
If the person you care for has a complicated medication regime with different pills taken at different times of the day, a pharmacist may decide to provide them in dosette boxes.
These are plastic boxes with small compartments that clearly show which pills need to be taken at what time of day.
Dosette boxes are not always available for free on the NHS and they’re not suitable for every type of medicine. Ask your pharmacist for more information about dosette boxes if you think they could be helpful.
Help with swallowing difficulties
Some people need help to swallow pills. If you’re worried the person you care for could choke, or they’re refusing to take their medicine, ask your GP or pharmacist if it can be supplied in a soluble or liquid form.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Speak to your local pharmacist they will provide support and advice about the medication and may be able to switch it to a preferred form, Purchase medication aids to make the administration easier for you and your loved one,
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