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This Week's Carenote - 04/02/13

 

I need some insightful crafty ideas to help my client take the right meds at the right time after my shift is done and I am gone for the day! She has a weekly med container with four slots of meds in each day to take. Iím only there for the first two and not the second two.  She has taken the wrong meds at the wrong time and I've tried all the ideas my not-so-crafty brain could think of.  I need to get this problem fixed.  Any suggestions?

Tara

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Name: Julie
Location: California
Date: 04/23/2013
Time: 06:50 AM

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If all other suggestions fail, maybe you should gently inquire if she is afraid she might choke while alone when she takes her pills. This fear is often overlooked and simply seen as forgetfulness or stubbornness.


Name:
Location:
Date: 04/08/2013
Time: 08:55 AM

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I am live in caregiver, CNA. I found I had difficult time getting a male client with Alzheimers to take his meds. He would tell me he hadn't spoke with his doctor. So I got around this refusal by telling him I spoke with his doctor, and this doctor asked him to take his meds. my other suggesting is to crush up the meds for your client and put them in their favorite food. I also found that seniors have difficulty in swallowing pills that are really big.


Name: Sarah
Location:
Date: 04/07/2013
Time: 06:17 PM

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Phone or computer alarm with note or color code to help with pill location and type.


Name: Anna
Location: Arizona
Date: 04/07/2013
Time: 04:22 PM

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I obtained 2 small trays and 2 small alarm clocks each day I set the alarms and placed the pills in the corresponding alarmed tray. She is now in the habit of when one alarm goes off she goes to that tray, turns off the alarm and takes the pills.


Name: George R.
Location: Hollywood, Florida
Date: 04/07/2013
Time: 10:03 AM

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Need to ask some questions! Is she able to READ simple instructions, if YES....I buy ENVELOPES (cheap from the dollar store) small, white regular letter sized) IN RED MARKER....Write TUESDAY 10am ..... IN BLUE MARKER...Write TUESDAY 8pm....u get the idea.....If she is really having trouble reading or understanding, you need to get a friend or neighbor to dispense them at appropriate times, to prvent OVER OR UNDER DOSE....Good luck! George R. Hollywd,FL


Name: Rosalie
Location: Florida
Date: 04/07/2013
Time: 09:43 AM

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Check out Guardian Medical Monitoring's Tab Safe or Simple Med medication dispensers that are monitored. One is a locked unit that tells the patient whenit is time to take their medication and dispenses the exact pills, the other is unlocked and reminds them and the proper compartment lights up as a visual aid. Both are programmed so if the person does not dispense within an allowed time (let's say 1 hour) Guardian gets a signal and they call the person or the caregiver.


Name: Pat
Location: IA
Date: 04/07/2013
Time: 08:57 AM

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There are numerous pill reminder methods which use audio reminders &/or alarms indicating when It is time to take your pill/s. Search online for "pill reminders"


Name: Joanne
Location: CT
Date: 04/07/2013
Time: 08:18 AM

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Have you considered using two separate timers to cue your client? Before you leave each day, set a timer to ring at the time the first set of pills need to be taken. Put the timer next to a dish with the pills already in the dish. When she turns off the timer, she takes the pills. The other timer will go off later, perhaps in a slightly different location (bathroom/next to bed) and the pills will be set out in a dish next to that timer. A glass of water might be there is well so she's all set to go when she reaches the timer and see the pills.


Name: Lisa
Location: Wilmington,Ohio
Date: 04/07/2013
Time: 07:09 AM

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Sounds like she needs someone after you leave, either as a live in or as a companion in the evenings.


Name:
Location:
Date: 04/07/2013
Time: 07:05 AM

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I use a cell phone and program in all the times for the med's are to be taken and have it repeat daily. If they don't have one you can get a cheap pay as you go phone from Walmart.


Name: Judy
Location: Nashville
Date: 04/07/2013
Time: 06:53 AM

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If I can't be home when my husband needs to take a med, I be sure to have it sitting in a very obvious place with a note by it, then I make a quick phone call at the time he needs to take it. He'll not remember, but my phone call will jog him to take it.


Name: Rene
Location: Dumont NJ
Date: 04/07/2013
Time: 05:30 AM

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You may want to discuss the problem with your pharmacist. Check to see if the pills have to be divided over four doses. Reminding your client once or twice a day makes life easier for everyone. There are also reminder "systems" that are linked to a service. The medication compartment flashes at the time the medication is due. If the client doesn't take it, the service calls to remind. Systems I've seen range in the $50 per month range. And finally, place the pills into a little plastic pill pouch and then place the pouch into the dispenser. They can even be crushed ahead of time, making it less likely to drop those pesky little pills.


Name: Michele
Location: Oshkosh, WI
Date: 04/03/2013
Time: 09:17 AM

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Put the same sticker on each "time" of pill - for instance a moon or owl on the night meds and something completely different on the dinner meds like a dog or a happy face. Chose an image she likes, maybe even have her go to the store with you and help pick them out. Then she can be asked to take the "happy face" meds at dinner and the "Owl" meds at bedtime, instead of something more confusing. Good luck!


Name: Jean
Location:
Date: 04/02/2013
Time: 07:09 AM

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Might try Color code containers for days, time of day, even Number than by time, in Big Letters and Numbers. Find containers at Craft Stores like Michaels, maybe JoAnn's, Cost Plus etc. I use old camera film containers but they are in White and Black. Example, White for day, Black for night. Hope these suggestions help you.


Name:
Location:
Date: 04/04/2013
Time: 09:07 AM

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An elderly aunt has a similar problem; particularly with morning pills. She would constantly forget to take them, despite the fact that they were prepared ahead of time for her. I now telephone her daily at the time to take the pills. In a short conversation, I tell her the day and tell her to take the pills. This has been successful for me.


 







 

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