Sep 15, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Riverside and Corona
A common issue amongst older Americans is correctly managing their medications. It can become quite difficult with all the different brands, doses, sizes, shapes, colors, and so forth. This could lead to under or overdosing, often times to the point of hospitalization.
Here are some ways to own your medication routine and keep you at your healthiest self:
I’ve used one of these myself since the age of 13 for my own medications and multivitamins. They’re quite handy, and you can buy the style that suits your needs. Do you take all of your medications once a day together? A simple, one-row pill organizer will work just fine.
How about taking 5 different medications throughout the course of the day? A 35-compartment pill organizer work well, for example. Find one that fits your needs and fill it up the beginning of each week to help you take the right meds at the right times.
There are plenty of apps out there that help you keep track of your medicines. Though some of them are more difficult to use than others, reviews show that CareZone, Round Health and Medisafe are not only more senior-friendly, but free!
With these apps, you can add the information about your medications including name, color, shape, dosage, and when to take them. Each app has other unique features of its own, too.
You can go online and download a template (or make your own) that is similar to what the apps above keep track of: medication names, shapes, and so on.
With this document, however, you can also put your physician’s information, your pharmacy’s information, and any other pertinent information all together in one place. Make copies of this, and give it to anyone who may need to know about your medications including your spouse, kids, or caregiver.
Write down any issues you have or missed doses. For example, do you take all your pills correctly during the week, but have a habit of skipping a dose on the weekends? Keep track of this. Knowing what medication trends you have can help you adjust your routine or try other tactics so that you can ensure you are managing your medications to the best of your abilities.
Each Sure time you have a change in a medication or a dosage, change it on all of the above that you may be using. Keeping this information current will be in your best interest, as it will prevent any unnecessary confusion and incorrect doses. Be sure to properly dispose of any old medications, as instructed by your doctor.
Managing medications can be difficult, but it is so important to ensuring a high quality of life. These tips can help make taking them a breeze.