Taking the medication on a daily (and even hourly) basis can be a hassle and is regularly forgotten, resulting in health impacts that could’ve been avoidable. Remembering to take your medication, as well as the correct dosage, is so important and potentially life-changing! By following these four easy steps you can keep control of your pills, healthcare and your life – without having to be in an aged care facility!
Use a pillbox
- The pillbox is a self-explanatory organisation tool to help you remember your everyday medication and correct dosages. Just take a few minutes out on your Sunday to split your daily medications up – pillboxes with am and pm are also easy to purchase from your local chemist.
Assistance from a family member or HCA Home healthcare professional
- If you’re using a pillbox, on the day you must refill it, you may have trouble working out the right dosages or which medications to take on what day.
To achieve this help, get a family member, or even a support worker or nurse to aid you in this activity for just a few hours once a week.
- Another way you can remember to take pills is to link them to daily activities. Incorporate your medications within your daily routines by remembering to take them with:
– When you turn on/off your alarm
– When you have a shower
– When you brush your teeth
By doing this taking your medications to become a seamless habit within your everyday life.
- Keeping your medications out in the open can also help you remember. This is a great way to create new habits, especially when taking new pills – leave them on your bedside table or a place you see often to create this routine.
By getting help from family or our HCA nurses/support workers once a week, you can get your dosages and medications under control allowing you to be more independent and live a healthier life.
For more information on how you can receive help on keeping your medications on track, contact us.