How to Know if Your Loved One Is Taking their Medicine as Prescribed
Signs Your Loved One May Not Be Taking Their Medication(s) as Prescribed
As your loved one gets older, it becomes more and more important that you keep an eye on their habits and behaviors. In many cases, family members don’t know that an aging loved one has been incapable of functioning independently until there is an accident, injury, or serious accident.
Such accidents often involve medications. Sometimes older Americans are resistant to taking medication because it is expensive and/or has negative side effects, while others stop taking it (somewhat ironically) when their symptoms improve. As your parent, grandparent, or other aging family member gets older, it is important to have an ongoing dialogue about their medications, so that you can spot a problem if it arises.
Here are a few ways you can keep tabs on your loved one’s medication regimen and habits:
- Help them get and fill a pill organizer and check it whenever you are with them.
- Talk to them about how their medications make them feel and find out whether they skip doses, have stopped taking certain prescriptions, or are developing other potentially harmful habits.
- Attend a check-up with your loved one and their physician in order to discuss any potential symptoms of mental or physical decline that could interfere with their ability to self-medicate and monitor their own health.
Attentive Home Health and Private Caregivers in Texas
At Home Healthcare was established on a foundation of compassion and functions to help families effectively take care of one another. Whether you or a loved one needs post-operative rehabilitation at home, speech therapy, or just a friendly companion to remind them when to take their pills, we’ve got you covered. In order to cover the wide variety of needs you may experience when taking care of someone who is aging or disabled, we offer a wide variety of home care services, including:
- Attendant services
- Occupational therapy
- Personal care
- Physical therapy
- Private home services
- Speech therapy
Whether your loved one is currently living with you or staying in their own home, we can help you provide the assistance and monitoring they need in order to remain independent for as long as possible.
Call (877) 959-9093 to speak to a member of our team, or contact us online to request care.