Often seniors have difficulty managing their medication, especially when there are several medications taken at different times throughout the day. This is due to a variety of factors. Here are some ways to assess your loved one’s ability to take the correct dose of the right medication at the right time, every day.
Does your loved one:
- Show an inability to visually recognize the medication?
- Have more than one healthcare provider prescribed medications?
- Express concerns about the cost of the medication?
- Have difficulty physically opening the medication bottle?
- Show signs of forgetfulness or confusion?
- Become confused when explaining the instructions on the bottle to you or a family member?
- Skip doses due to the inability to swallow the medication?
- Express reluctance at the method of administration such as injections?
- Require medications with similar appearances?
- Feel that the medication has no effect on their illness or condition?
If you answered “yes” to any of these items, your loved one may be at risk for medication non-compliance. Please talk with them about your concern and alert the prescribing physician so that acceptable alternatives can be explored.