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This Week's Carenote - 8/12/10

I am trying to keep my mom and dad in their home as long as possible and we have hired an aide from a home care company. She is able to help with bathing and household chores, but is not allowed to actually give my mom her medicine from the pill dispenser I put the medications in.

The aide can remind Dad to take his pills and ask him to give Momís medication to her, but she cannot actually administer the meds herself.  I canít be there all the time to make sure they get their medication at the right time every day.  Does anyone have any suggestions for what to do in my situation?

C

 

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Name: Ann Hatcher
Location: Nashville, TN
Date: 08/17/2010
Time: 01:07 PM

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I have a similar situation with my husband. He is a stroke patient, has heart disease and is diabetic. I put his morning pills in l small medicine and his noon pills in another small medicine cup. He has a caregiver for 5 hours each morning and she can only assist in his taking of medication. I draw his insulin shots and put them(he can give his own injections)beside each medicine cup and she makes sure that he takes the right ones at the right time. I hope that this helps you or gives you an idea of what to do for your particular situation.


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Location:
Date: 08/16/2010
Time: 04:35 PM

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An elderly aunt has a similar problem; particularly with morning pills. She would constantly forget to take them, despite the fact that they were prepared ahead of time for her. I now telephone her daily at the time to take the pills. In a short conversation, I tell her the day and tell her to take the pills. This has been successful for me.


Name: Lou Henderson
Location: Maxton, N. C.
Date: 08/12/2010
Time: 11:07 PM

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I have the same problem. I cannot leave the medication with my wife for she may accidentally overdose. I almost always have to be there. I do not see any other way. I just have to change my schedule to accommodate her. Ain't fun. , but one has to do what he has to do!


Name: Mary Jane
Location: Willowick, OH
Date: 08/12/2010
Time: 03:50 PM

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Similar to the machine Ms. Williams mentioned, I've cared for clients whose machines sounded a loud alarm when it was time for medication. The sound stopped only when the machine was turned over to release the pills. This worked very well for my clients.


Name: John
Location: Southern Calif
Date: 08/12/2010
Time: 03:30 PM

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This might be a little complicated but may be useful for many other things. Set up a video conferencing camera (that mean you will also need internet service and the computer). Whenever someone does not want to take a med, even if the aide reminds them, then the aide could get you on video to convince your parents. This same system may be used for you to check in on your parents without having to be physically there. (More elaborate systems will include installing cameras throughout the house).


Name: Ken
Location: Marengo, IL
Date: 08/12/2010
Time: 10:50 AM

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I found the following solution for my mom when she lived alone, to be helpful to her. Every Sunday I made her medication in the following manner. 1-Gallon Ziplock bag contained 7 1Qt Ziplock bags labeled by the days of the week, Sunday, Monday, etc.. Inside of the 1Qt bags, I put in 3-Snack Ziplock bags to correspond to her three meals a day. I could call her and ask if the Tuesday bag was on the counter, and which bag (1 to 3) was on the kitchen table waiting for her meal. This worked for us, since before that, she would take ALL of her medications at one time, because she would forget what to do during the day!


Name: Randy
Location: Houston
Date: 08/12/2010
Time: 07:00 AM

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Dear C., There is an answer, a Certified Medication Aide should also be available from the local Health Care Company. The cost for these Aides may be slightly higher than the Home Health Aide cost, however these Aides usually can perform the same functions as the Home Health Aide, (in addition to the administration of Meds), so you would only need 1 Aide rather than a separate Aide for each activity.


Name: Janice Alston
Location: High Point,NC
Date: 08/12/2010
Time: 06:29 AM

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I was a private home care provider , although a CNA, I did not work for an agency which allowed me to do more than I would have been allowed to with an agency. I suggest hiring a private aide, be sure to do a thorough background check and do check references. IOt is time consuming but so worth it for the family and the client. I only worked with an agency once and I have been in the business for 31 years. Working private allowed me to give total care to my clients.


Name: Janice Alston
Location: High Point,NC
Date: 08/12/2010
Time: 06:28 AM

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I was a private home care provider , although a CNA, I did not work for an agency which allowed me to do more than I would have been allowed to with an agency. I suggest hiring a private aide, be sure to do a thorough background check and do check references. IOt is time consuming but so worth it for the family and the client. I only worked with an agency once and I have been in the business for 31 years. Working private allowed me to give total care to my clients.


Name: Jane Williams
Location: Marion, IL
Date: 08/12/2010
Time: 06:16 AM

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Check with your local medical equipment company. There are some very nice machines that you can rent that will allow you to fill the machine with the meds that need to be taken and the machine will dispense the medication at the appropriate time, and if the medications are not removed from the machine at the appropriate time, a call will be generated to the family member alerting them.


 







 

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