Medication & Elderly
Just as you probably can’t run as fast as you used to in your 20s, your immune system doesn’t work as well as it used to. Older aged adults are dependant towards medication. So, caregiver should take note that there are things to take note of before feeding medicines to their elderly.
What to prepare before taking new Medicine
- Caregivers should Inform all the doctors of other medications and allergies before the elderly prescribe anything.
- Make sure these instructions are obeyed exactly. As there are specific reasons why some medications are taken at different times of the day, some before food and some after food.
- Caregiver must Mark the medication restock dates on their calendar. So, with sufficient time, caregiver is able to get the replacements on time.
- The idea is for your loved one to take as few drugs as possible. Do ask the doctor if it you feel there are too many drugs.
Elderly Condition to Take Note
- Look out for any significant change in the elderly’s condition that may occur just after a medicine or dose has been changed.
- Constipation, vomiting, or rashes is a can be a side effect of some drugs. If so, ask the doctor about adjusting the dose or prescribing something together to ease the side effect.
- Make sure your elderly is completing the dosage and not to stop taking it just because they feel better.
How to Feed Medicine to Elderly
- If the medications really taste bad, try different complements until you something that works: like, pudding, a teaspoon of honey or jam, porridge, ice-cream, or yogurt.
- If they are fussy about taking their medication, just announce that it’s time to take the pills now and act like its no big deal. Or try doing this just before a favorite activity of theirs.
Tips for Caregivers & Medication
- Use a whiteboard to keep track of medications on a daily basis. Mark off when each pill when it is taken.
- Use coloured stickers to colour-code medicine bottles so they can be identified easily.
- To help them remember to take a pill three times a day, put three rubber bands around the prescription bottle in the morning and have her remove a rubber hand each time she takes the medication.
- Check with the doctor or pharmacist if it is OK to crush or dissolve certain pills before you take them. It’s often easier to swallow pills with water or a liquid using a straw.
- Dispose all of all expired or disused medication.
You’ll need to be tolerant while your elderly is adjusting to new medication. Until the balance of dosage is found just right for them, they will continue to experience symptoms. If they keep omitting taking their blood pressure drugs, find out why they do that. Does it make them sick or are they forgetful.
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