When was the last time that you’ve taken your pill? If you can’t remember, there’s a chance that you’ve missed more than one dose or have done the opposite, which is double dosing.
Medicines are most effective when they are taken at the same time each day, as specified by your doctor. But it’s hard to keep track of your doses especially when you’re prescribed multiple medications that you need to take at different times. For more information about elderly care and home service for the elderly, visit Options In-Home Care today.
To get the most out of your meds, you need to set up simple reminders that let you know when to take your medicines.
Use a calendar
It’s so simple, yet it’s also very effective. Mark your calendar or notebook with your daily doses and update it as you go. This way, you won’t forget the last time that you took your pill.
If you are a cellphone user, you can use its calendar feature or download an app like Round and Pill Reminder to alert you when it’s time to take your next dose.
Use an automatic pill dispenser
Sometimes, a regular pillbox is not enough for the job. An automatic pill dispenser, on the other, has an alarm that sounds off when you need to take your medication.
If you’re outside and need a reminder, a pocket pillbox with alarm can help you remember. Slip it in your pocket and wait for the alarm to indicate when your next dose will be.
Alternatively, a reminder watch can help you take the guesswork out of taking medications. It looks like a regular sports watch but can be programmed to have different alarms that automatically reset the next day.
Flip the pill bottles over
If you have medicines that you need to take night and day, you can flip the bottles once you are done taking your dose.
Flip the bottle cap down when you take your pills in the morning, and flip it back with the right side up when you take another dose in the evening.
This is an easy way to remember your medications when you need to take them only twice a day. Keep your bottles in a secure place where they can’t be knocked out of place.
Put them on an easy-to-see spot
Out of sight, out of mind? Not when you put your medicines where you can easily see them. Whether it’s on the kitchen counter, by the fridge, or on your bedside table, keeping your pills within arm’s reach will help jog your memory.
Make sure, though, to keep them away from young children’s reach. If your medicine needs to be refrigerated, put a Post-It note on the fridge to remind you to take out the medicine.
Tie your medication with another activity
The association helps you remember when to take your next dose. Whether it’s before you shower or after you brush your teeth, incorporating medicine intake with your routines makes it easier for you to remember your dose schedule.
If all else fails, ask for help
Despite all the reminders, we sometimes still forget when to take our medications. Ask a family member to remind you when to take your medicine.
If you live alone, a relative could call or send you a message to let you know that you need to take your next dose. Alternatively, you can ask your caregiver to inform you when your next dose is due.
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