Parents and caregivers spend years taking care of their children, but there eventually comes a time where the roles become reversed. With a busy schedule and possibly even a family of your own, it can feel overwhelming also making sure your parents or loved ones are taking care of themselves, especially when it comes to taking medication. You might make frequent calls during the day, or check up on them in person. Just like someone wanted the best for you, you now need to decide what is best for them. It can be helpful to know how to encourage seniors to take their medications.
At Summer’s Landing, we offer medication management services to ensure that your parents or loved one is always taking their prescriptions. You will be able to let professionals help you by taking care of important daily activities. We provide the best care for our residents while giving you peace of mind. Learn more by calling us at 850.265.9829.
3 Tips for Encouraging Seniors to Take Their Medication
1. Stay Organized
It is easy for anyone to occasionally forget to take their medication, especially when it is out of sight, and out of mind. If the person you care for forgets to take their prescriptions frequently, try getting them organized. Have them use things like:
- Pill organizers
- Cell phone reminders
- A physical calendar
Any of these can allow your loved one to remain independent, as you do not have to be there physically reminding them to take their pills. These are also good tools to use when it comes to reminding your loved one to refill their medication. By making sure the person you are caring for keeps their medication in the same place and using these tips, it should be easier for them to continuously take their pills.
2. Create a Routine
Having some sort of structure to your daily life is beneficial for everybody. It gives you something to do every day and keeps your motivation up. Creating a set routine can create good habits when it comes to medication management. Maybe your loved one can take their medications as soon as they wake up or right before they go to bed. They can also take them at mealtimes.
Having a daily schedule will create good habits and will also make remembering to take care of themself easier. The more they follow a schedule, the easier it becomes to remember important activities.
3. Take Medications Together
Everything feels more manageable when you do it with somebody else. If you are having trouble encouraging a senior to take their prescriptions, it could be that taking your medication or supplements with them will help. It might even make them feel less alone if they feel like they are the only ones who have health problems. If you are unable to take your pills with your loved one, try doing it over video chat if you are able to.
Getting Help at Summer’s Landing
The team at Summer’s Landing is committed to providing the best medication management services for your loved ones. On top of making sure they are being cared for, we also offer great prices at our historically located assisted living center. From day trips, to daily yoga, our residents are always busy and happy.
We know it can be a big step to move to a senior living center, but at Summer’s Landing, we will be sure to make the best living experience possible for the person you care for. Our family friendly center will be a place where your loved one will enjoy staying, and you’ll enjoy visiting them. To get more information on what services we offer and how we can help you, contact us at 850.265.9829.