Some people forget to take prescribed medication, or take it in the wrong way, which can put their health at risk.
Keeping a diary
One way to help you to remember is to keep a diary or planner and tick off each dose as you take it.
Help from your local chemist
Your local chemist can give you your medication in 'dosset boxes' or 'blister packs' marked with the days and times of the week at which you should take your medication; ask your chemist or your GP if you think that this might help you.
Equipment to help with medication
The following are just some of the many companies who provide gadgets, equipment or other services which will help you to take your medication when you need to:-
OKEachDay provide a telephone check and prompting service which can include reminders to take medication
PivoTell provide equipment which will remind you when you need to take medication
The Disability Living Foundation provide lots of suggestions for gadgets and equipment which can help you in taking medication on the their Living Made Easy website. They also provide a wealth of information on other equipment and aids which can help you to live independently and safely at home
My Medication Passport
The Medication Passport is a written record of a patient's medications. It is designed to improve communication between patients, carers and healthcare professionals, and record changes to a patient's medication. The passport contains:
- Relevant information about the patient and their GP
- List of medications the patient takes
- List of any changes to the medications the patient takes
- A list of medications that patient cannot take, and the risks
For more information about how to obtain a Medications Passport, click here
Apps on your phone
If you own an IPhone or another smart phone you will be able to download various apps which are designed especially to remind people to take medication at the right time - go to the App Store on your phone and search for 'medication'.
Help from a district nurse
If you need help to take prescribed medicines, and you are unable to leave your home and get about, your local district nursing team can help you.
District nurses can visit you at home to help you with medication, including medication that needs to be taken via an injection. They can also help you with dressings on any wounds or sores, with catheter care, and with looking after chronic conditions.
Your GP will be able to refer you to the district nursing team if you need this sort of help. You can also contact your nearest district nursing team directly - ask your GP surgery for details.
Help from your local council
If you are receiving daily home care visits, then your care workers will remind you to take the right medication at the right time. They will also keep a written record of it and may be able to help by collecting repeat prescriptions for you from your doctor or chemist.
Care workers are usually only allowed to prompt with medication rather than actually helping you to take it. If you need assistance to take tablets or medicine, receive medication via an injection, or need certain types of creams or ointments, then you may need a district nurse to assist you.
You can find out more about home care visits on Support in your home page.