Now that your family member or friend’s
medications are verified and sorted, you need to set up a system for taking them
that’s appropriate and easy to use.
Medication sets – or “medi-sets” – are plastic
boxes with dosage days and times easily visible
on them. Large color-coordinated posters can also serve
to show medication times clearly.
Or individual meds can be put into small plastic
bags for each day’s dose.
Some electronic devices can even voice-alert a
person at designated times, and then
automatically dispense the proper medications. Bubble – or blister – packs can be set up by the
pharmacy to identify medications easily; but these can be problematic if there are
prescription changes or if your family member or friend has arthritis
or other difficulty opening them. And, if needed, a lock box is a good idea to
prevent your family member or friend from
getting to medications accidentally. At the start, you should find out if your family
member or friend is able to use these
medication tools and devices easily or at all. Even with mild cognitive impairment, it’s
possible for a person to follow a medication
system. But with a higher level of cognitive impairment,
it’s important that you, the caregiver, or another
family member, can also use the selected medication system