Medication routines can become increasingly complex. It is essential that a regular and accurate schedule is followed. Our trained and experienced care givers can help. While Assurance Home Caregivers are unable to assist with administering any medications they are able to help remind a parent when it is time to take their medications. Assistance can also be given with reading labels and opening of containers. Trips to the pharmacy and pick ups can also be coordinated.
Use a pillbox
If you have more than one medication, using a pillbox can be a very helpful tool. A pillbox will help you organize all of your pills and ensure you take medication as directed by your healthcare practitioner. Pillboxes have indications of the days of the week or are divided throughout the day (morning, afternoon, evening, bedtime). Placing your pills in the days of the week can help you make sure you do not miss a day of medication.
Set an alarm on your electronics
If you have any technology that has an alarm feature or app on it, you can set your alarm to go off every day at the same time to help you remember to take your medication. Taking your medication at the same time everyday can be more effective and having an alarm go off at the same time everyday can ensure that you do not miss your pill no matter what you are doing during your day.
Combine it with a daily task
Whether it is as soon as you brush your teeth, have your coffee, after eating breakfast, after your daily exercise, or just before you go to bed, if you combine taking your medication with a task you do every day taking your medication will become a habit and it will be incorporated into your daily routine.
Keep it visible
Keeping your medication out in the open such as a place you pass by every single morning or night, you will rarely ever pass by it without thinking you need to take your medication.
Know the side effects if you do not take a pill
If you ask your doctor or pharmacist the side effects you can experience if you miss taking your medication one day, you will be educated about what can happen. If you are educated about what can happen, you will be less likely to miss taking a day of medication because of such side effects can have.
Use sticky notes/Calendar:
Similar to setting an alarm, writing down that you need to take your medication on either your calendar or simple sticky notes and placing them on your fridge door can be very helpful.
Count your pills everyday
If you continue to count your pills every day, you will be aware of how many you have left. This makes it easier to be able to tell if you have missed a dose or have already taken one.