One of the most important things about being a caregiver is ensuring the person under your care has their proper medications at the proper times. Medication management is a major responsibility for caregivers that could be the defining difference for the health and safety of the one under their care. This responsibility can be difficult to manage, so we’ve compiled a list of the best tips to help stay on top of it.
- Set Alarms
The most helpful way to remember which meds need to be taken at what specific times is to set alarms on your smartphone. Setting alarms with clear labels indicating which medication(s) needs to be taken when the alarm sounds is a very helpful method of helping yourself remember.
- Invest in a Pill Organizer
This one may seem obvious, but investing in a nice pill organizer can make medication management a breeze. This Pill Organizer from Amazon will let you organize day-by-day and even specify which pills need to be taken in the morning, at noon, during the evening, and at bedtime.
- Place Physical Reminders
Physical reminders can be a surprisingly big help. Placing a few sticky notes around places like mirrors, refrigerators, garage doors, and kitchen cabinets can help out with being passive reminders that medications need to be taken. This way, those medications will always be at the back of the mind, so it’ll be much easier to stay on top of when they need to be taken.
- Use One Pharmacy
If possible, try to collect all of the necessary medications from one pharmacy. Many people, for one reason or another, use several pharmacies for various medications. This can create an unnecessary number of errands they’d need to run on a given day.
Consolidating all of the medications you need to just one pharmacy can make your medication management much easier.
- Work Medications into Daily Routines
For people with busy schedules, this one can be particularly helpful. Working medications into the daily routines of those under our care can be very effective. For example, remembering to take medications right after brushing teeth every day is a great way to remind yourself and the person under your care that the medication needs to be taken.
If you have any questions or concerns about managing meds or any other aspect of caregiving, Aspire Home Health & Hospice is here to help. Our Patient Care Advocacy team is currently taking phone appointments to answer your questions. You can book an appointment today on our Facebook page.
I hope this list has given you some ideas when it comes to managing medications. If you have any other tips you’d like to share, we’d love to hear about them in the comments!
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