It is not uncommon for people to start taking regular medication as they grow older. Often seniors will be prescribed multiple medications from one or more doctors. Keeping track of which medications should be taken at what times, and in what quantity or dosage can often be confusing and challenging. It is all too easy to forget to take the medication at each scheduled time. Often the person also needs to log activity and possible side effects for their doctors.
Part of a home care aide’s duties may include providing medication reminders. This includes:
- Setting up a pill box or pill organization system that conforms with doctors’ instructions and with which the senior feels comfortable.
- Helping to load the pill box with the proper medications, in the prescribed dosages, in the proper time slot.
- Helping to log medication intake activity, including how the senior felt after taking the medication, and any side effects the senior experienced.
- Making the log available to doctors and appropriate family members.
- Contacting emergency personnel if the senior experiences any severe side effects.
A home care aide cannot administer medications through injections, IV therapy, suppositories, or force feeding.
Sampling of Representative Medicine Reminder Products
Below is a sampling of products and equipment that are designed to assist in home care aides in providing medicine reminders. Click on the links to find out more information, see other products selections, and if you like, to make a purchase from one of our providers.