Medication Reminders Tips
When you are too busy taking care of a relative can be a challenge, especially remembering times. Medication reminders are one of the most useful aspects of daily medical care. From pill-minder trays to online calendars, a little help keeping track of multiple medicines can go a long way. Put simply, it’s a way to save a little brainpower so you have to be super careful with your medication every time you take it. Effective medication reminders can be the difference between good treatment outcomes or readmission to hospital. Here are some tips to help manage medicines more easily.
- Taking Medication With Meals
Medications are also easier to manage if you need to take them with a meal. This means that you can manage them along with your normal meal times. If you do a lot of cooking and eating at home, one of the best ways to keep track of with-meal medications is to store sorted doses where you keep your food. This is a very effective method. It’s like leaving a note in the fridge for the family: you can’t miss it.
This also works well if you prepare meals for a relative or for yourself ahead of time. Leaving a small cup of sorted medications next to the slice of turkey and dome of potatoes makes it easy to simply consume along with the rest of the meal. No need to remember to grab them from the pill cabinet or remember which bottle to grab.
- Build a Routine
One of the easiest ways to manage multiple medications is with routine. In the morning, you probably always remember to shower, brush your teeth, comb your hair, and so on because it’s part of your morning routine. Likewise in the evening before bed.
By making regular pills or supplements part of your routine it will become something you do automatically. Align this with careful preparation of doses and remembering meds once or twice a day becomes a breeze. Simply fit taking your meds somewhere in between brushing your teeth, washing your face changing into clothing or pajamas, etc.
- Set Up Timed Reminders
Do you have an active schedule that medication needs to be a part of? Many elderly are still active and working even while taking a collection of daily medications. This can also be a busy schedule of visiting family and attending meetings. And sometimes, your prescribed medication time is right in the middle of an active day.
The best way to deal with this is by sending yourself reminders based on what you know about yourself. If you’ll be checking your email just before pill-time, send yourself a timely email reminder using Google Calendar. Or if you’ll be out of the house, make sure the reminder is mobile through an app or SMS system.
There are also pill organizer boxes blister packs some pill reminder boxes come with a built-in reminder system. This is a great way to stay on top of your medication schedule. If arranged properly they can help to show where you have missed medication
- Mobile App Medication Reminders
If you enjoy doing everything through a mobile try a mobile app. There are a variety of medication reminder apps available. Some are quite advanced, allowing you to photograph or even providing industry images of your medicines so that reminders come with helpful visual cues as well.
The right reminder app can help you double-check the medications and learn about them every time you get a reminder. And you can also visually compare what’s in the cup to what the images in the app, providing one more layer of protection from making dosing mistakes. Check the play store and app store