July 2, 2008
Health Tip: Giving Medications to People With Alzheimer's
Offer clear instructions
(HealthDay News) -- As a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer's, administering their medication -- and preventing missed pills or the wrong dosages -- can be a daunting responsibility.
The Alzheimer's Association offers these suggestions:
- Learn about each medication before you administer it. Make sure you know exactly what each pill is for, and its possible side effects.
- In clear language, explain exactly what each pill is for, and why and how the person needs to take it.
- Keep good records of each medication taken, the dose, and when taken.
- Keep medications well-organized, and safely stored out of reach in a locked cabinet or drawer.
- Don't let taking medicine turn into a struggle. If the person doesn't want to take it at a particular moment, try again a bit later.
- Make the task as easy as possible. Ask your pharmacist for liquid, which may be easier to administer than a pill. Or ask the pharmacist if you can crush the pill and put it in food.