In the U.S., around 85 percent of older adults take at least one prescription medication. The most common medications are diabetic medications, beta-blockers for high blood pressure or heart disease, and medications to lower cholesterol levels. These medications need to be taken with care.
If your dad is having a hard time remembering to take his medications or if he’s already taken them, he needs help. Whether you live hours away or are close by, it may become your responsibility to find a way to ensure he’s taking his medications. How you help him depends greatly on how often you can visit him.
Stop By Before or After Work
If you live a few minutes away, stop by before or after work and stay until he’s taken his medications. When he has, you can put the medications back in a locked cabinet or drawer. If you’re not close, do you have a sister or brother who can?
Add Reminders to His Calendar
If he has a phone or computer that he looks at daily, add reminders to his calendar. Set it up so that he gets a pop-up notification that keeps appearing until he marks that he’s done the task.
Purchase a Pill Organizer
There are pill organizers with alarms that open the dispenser door when it’s time to take the medications. Your dad will hear the alarm and take the pills. Most older adults find this system useful. If you stop by to check on him and he hasn’t taken his medications, you’ll need to find another option.
If you don’t live nearby and there’s no one else who can stop by, call him on the phone and ask him to take them. It depends on how stubborn he is. If he hates taking his medications, it may be harder to fully trust him to take the pills this way. Video chat is ideal as you can see if he swallows the medications.
Ask an Elder Care Agency About Medication Reminders
Call an elder care agency and ask about medication reminders. Caregivers stop by each day and remind your dad to take his prescriptions. If he is running low, the caregiver can order and pick-up refills.
With elder care, you don’t have to worry about your dad taking two or three doses of the same medication. You don’t have to worry about him failing to take it. Medication reminders and elder care services give you peace of mind.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care in Delray Beach, FL, please contact the caring staff at MAZALTOV HOME CARE, LLC today at. (561) 465-5920