Caregiving is no easy task, and having to manage an older adult whether it’s your parent, grandparent or family friend, keeping on top of their medications can be daunting. Below are a few tips on what you can do to manage their medications:
- Organize for weeks at a time. Many people use a pillbox to organize and hold their pills. Problem is, most of them are just for a week long. Instead of just filling up one container for one week, opt in for filling up multiple containers that can last for a couple weeks or even a month. This will save you time and help you stay on top of the ordering process as well.
- Create and maintain a list of medications. Creating a list of medications and dosage will help you not forget any pills that need to be filled into pillboxes. It’s also a great tool to have for if someone else comes to visit, they know what medications they are on, need to take or have to refill.
- Take advantage of technology. Alongside keeping a list of medications at their house, it may be a good idea to keep a list on your phone – somewhere where you can easily access and won’t get lost.
There are also electronic pillbox dispensers that can sound an alarm when its time to take pills. This could be a smart tool to use if you are unavailable to be at the home when its time for them to take their medication. Best part? Some of these electronic dispensers can send notifications straight to your phone to let you know if they have missed taking their pill.