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Guide for Managing Medications and Prescriptions

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Inspirational article, I must say! It becomes quite easy, to take care of patients suffering from Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Tuberculosis or Congestive Heart Failure etc. with help of medication app like.The timely reminder's help you take the prescribed medicine on time!

Does anyone know of an app on my phone that would alert me to time to give the medication? And, a list of meds to keep on my phone?

My wife and I had a problem keeping up with a loved ones medications.sorting pills, drug interactions, and constantly running or refilling presciptions. Unfortunately, my father in law passed last year and our new challenge is KNOWING if my wifes mom was taking her pills. We found a great solution with a local pharmacy that serves western Pa. the send the pills in dose form and take care of the refills. we know know when or if the meds are taken and this has made our lives much easier. I have the information if anyone would like it.

I was called last week by the nursing supervisor at my Mother's Assisted Living and told that they would no longer allow her to use the M-F dispensers! She has been living at this facility for over 8 years and has always managed her own meds until 5 years ago. Her Macular Degeneration got so bad I started doing it for her. Although we have had no problems with this routine, (she is able to take the meds on her own day to day AND at noon AND at night using the M-F dispensers), they suddenly want her to not use the M-F dispensers.
This will add approximately $500.00 to $1,000.00 PER MONTH to her bill! This Assisted Living has recently come under new management and I think they are attempting to make more money off their clients. My mother makes her own bed each day/dresses herself/etc. I think this is a ploy to:
MAKE MORE MONEY! Anyone else with this problem?

I keep a spreadsheet for all medications - including columns for start date, dosage, units.

I also keep on my cell phone a close-up photo of the prescription label, and all OTC meds. This was great when we had an ER visit - and I did not have the paper list with me. I only keep the current med photos. And Update when meds are changed.

Great tips on what caregivers should ask the doctor of an elderly loved one. Care giving is difficult at times, but being knowledgeable about your loved ones’ medication gives you peace of mind. Thanks for sharing, -Susan

Great tips on what caregivers should ask the doctor of an elderly loved one. Care giving is difficult at times, but being knowledgeable about your loved ones’ medication gives you peace of mind. Thanks for sharing, -Susan

Check with your pharmacy, mine has auto fill. They fill the Rx when time and will call you when it is ready for pick up.

My husband has dementia and takes many pills per day including vitamins and aspirin...I always double checked the morning pills before I gave them to him---all 10 pills! I worry about something happening to me (or my mind LOL) so I took a digital photograph of all the pills sitting on an index card with the name and amount. You can separate them for morning and evening, etc. I feel much better that someone could take over for me if needed. Just keeping up with refills on time is a big challenge for me! I don't know how everyone else can cope with this! It's a big responsibility!! Any suggestions are appreciated!! Thanks!

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There are web sites like Drug Interaction or Rx List that will inform you if there are any interactions between your prescription drugs or non prescription drugs, vitamins or foods etc. Make a graph of your medications, and just check off the boxes that have interactions. Then make a list of the hours of the day, and take that list to your pharmacist or physician or nurse and ask them to help you choose the best time of day to take each pill. This visual aid helps choose the path of least harm, particularly if you have a very long prescription drug list. Some drugs boost or decrease the effectiveness of other drugs,. You can even include a description of the pill. Make more than one copy of this list. Dispense your pills onto the paper first, and then put them in the pill dispenser. You can always ask the Pharmacist to pre-dispense the pills in those bubble cards.