What to Do When Elderly Refuse Medication

carer-helping-senior-man-with-medicationWhile medication can play an important role in the life of seniors, some of them put up a fight when it comes to taking their medication. There are many reasons why seniors refuse to take their medication. These are a few of the different reasons why, and what you can do about it.

The Taste Of Medication Is Often A Problem

If the main complaint of taking medication is the taste, you can ask the prescribing physician (or the pharmacy) whether it is possible to take the medication with food. Of course this is not possible if the senior needs to take the medication with an empty stomach, but it could be a good option otherwise. If this is not possible, swallowing the medication with a large glass of water might make it easier to take the medication.

Problems With Side Effects

Unfortunately, powerful medications (to combat serious health issues) often have a number of unpleasant side effects to go along with the beneficial effects. Some of the side effects (such as drowsiness or upset stomach) are inevitable with many medications. If you find that these have a negative impact on the senior’s quality of life, it is possible to contact the prescribing physician and determine whether there are alternative therapies or medications. Do not be afraid to ask for suggestions to help alleviate the symptoms.

Problems With Forgetting To Take The Medication

As we get on in age, it can become exceedingly difficult to remember all the day-to-day things that make up our daily routine. While there are a number of things that you can use to help a senior remember, it is important to keep in mind that nothing can substitute a responsible caregiver. A pill bottle or reminders can help, but will not work if the senior does not care.

Problems With Not Caring

Perhaps your senior does not ‘care’ or ‘feel like’ taking their medication. Perhaps they cannot open the bottle or perhaps they do not think that they need the medication. You need to find the primary cause that leads them to not wanting to take the medication. This means having to listen to your loved one and paying attention to their needs.

Getting Help When These Options Do Not Work

If you find that problems continue to persist and you are unable to make the senior take his or her medication, it could be time to consider assisted living. There professional caretakers are going to spend their time not only managing medication, but also ensuring that seniors take their medication as prescribed. Find out more about the different options at www.carltonseniorliving.com.

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