Medication adherence is a crucial part of treatment and recovery. And while we have all experienced not taking it on time or even missing our dose for the day, the stakes are simply higher for our senior loved ones due to the changes that come with aging.
That is to say, at their age, they develop a weakened immune system, making it more difficult for them to bounce back from being sick. This makes taking their medication on schedule and at the right dosage very important.
As a provider of personal care services in Virginia at Live With A Purpose Home Care LLC, we are listing down the ways you can encourage your senior loved one to take their medication:
- Explain to them the consequences of skipping their medication.
- Associate taking their medication with something positive. For instance, if possible, you can time their taking of their medication with sitting down for their favorite show.
- Involve them in their medication routine instead of just handing them the pills they have to take by letting them plan their regimen.
- Identify their ‘compliance landmines’ or the factors that make adhering to their medications difficult. For instance, if swallowing pills is difficult, see if they can take their medication in liquid form instead.
Need help executing these? Our certified nursing assistants will be more than glad to assist you.