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Don't Miss a Dose! Let's Manage your Medication

How to remember your pills every time

 

Are you looking for ways to manage your medications effectively?

Do you need support with caring for an aging loved one or learning about services for seniors or retirement lifestyle planning? 


Look no further!


In this blog post, we will explore easy medication management tips tailored for seniors. Instead of relying on memory alone, consider using a pill box organizer known as a dosette. These handy organizers are divided into compartments for each dosing time - typically morning, noon, suppertime, and nighttime. You can fill the dosette yourself or have a family member or caregiver assist you. Dosettes are readily available at pharmacies, Walmart, and even the Dollar Store.

And here is the best part: if the morning dose compartment is empty, you will know you have taken your pills for the day.


 


Another choice is blister packaging provided by your pharmacist. This packaging resembles a card with bubbles, each containing your medications for a specific day and time. When it is time for your dose, simply punch out the medications from the bubble. It is a straightforward way to ensure you have taken your pills, and there is usually no extra charge from the pharmacist for this service. 



Once you have your pills organized, do not forget to keep track of other medications like inhalers, insulin, liquids, and eye drops. Try to store them alongside your dosette or blister pack and use a printed calendar to mark off when you have taken each dose. Your pharmacist can help you create a personalized calendar to make this process even easier.


 

Now, let us talk about remembering to take your medications.


If you are tech-savvy, consider using medication reminder apps on your smartphone or tablet. These apps send you reminders and keep track of when you have taken your medications. But if technology is not your thing, do not worry - a simple alarm programmed for your medication times can work just as well. Most cell phones have alarms you can schedule for recurring times. When the alarm goes off, it is time to take your pills.



For those who need extra assistance, services like Northwood In Touch offer locked Medication Dispensers. These devices securely store your doses and sound an alarm when it is time to take them, making them ideal for individuals with memory deficits. 



Additionally, Northwood In Touch provides a medication reminder program as part of their basic emergency alert service at no extra cost. 

You can reach them at 902-492-3346.


And finally, if none of these solutions work for you and your ability to stay at home depends on taking your medications correctly, consider reaching out to Continuing Care. They may provide VON nurses or home care workers to help with medication management.


Remember, your pharmacist is your best ally when it comes to understanding your medications and how to manage them effectively. And the best part? Their advice is always free. So do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it.




Take charge of your medication routine today! Try out these easy medication management tips and enjoy peace of mind knowing you are taking your pills correctly.


For added support with aging in place, retirement lifestyle planning, and more, do not hesitate to contact us to find out about the resources available to you. Whether it’s navigating services and programs or dementia coaching and caregiving support,  

we offer services tailored to meet your needs and enhance your quality of life.



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