April 2, 2013

Medication Mix Up: 5 Ways for Seniors to Organize Their Prescriptions

Filed under: Healthcare,Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 11:46 am

Courtesy of Dixie Somers [dixiesomers@gmail.com]

Organizing your daily medications is an important step toward your everyday health goals. There are several different ways that you can keep your medications organized, even if you take many different types of medications each day. Choose the option that fits your personal needs best based on how often you need to take medicines each day, and the number of medications you need to keep track of. Here are five simple ways to organize your prescription medications.

Daily Pill Organizer

A daily pill organizer is typically a plastic medication holder that is organized into seven compartments, one for each day of the week. You can find several different sized organizers available. This option works best if you don’t have to spread your medicine out over the day. For example, if you take a specific medication in the morning, and others at night, this option may be a little to simple for your personal needs. However, there are organizers that have the AM and PM option for your pills as well.

Organizing MedicationsMake a Chart

If you are taking many different kinds of medications, making a chart that covers each day of the week is a good idea. Organize each day by listing the medications you need to take, then checking each medicine off as you take it. Use a simple program on your home computer to make the chart, or write it by hand and make copies for each week to simplify organizing your medicines.

Stay Current

One of the most challenging aspects of organizing medications is ensuring you have a current list of the medications that you take each day on hand at all times. For easy access to your current list of medicines you can use the notepad on your mobile phone. Keep a paper copy of the list in your car, purse or wallet so that you have the list handy if you lose your mobile phone, making sure to update the list whenever you receive a new medicine or stop taking a current one.

Throw Out Old Medications

Your medications need to be stored in a well-organized area. Take the time to throw out old medications at least once a month and make sure that you know how much medication you have on hand each day. Running out a prescription medication can be dangerous. Mark the days that you need to pick up a refill on your calendar so that you don’t risk running out of important medicines. Make sure you take your medications at the times and days specified so that you avoid becoming addicted to any potentially addictive medications. If you are addicted or feel you are on the path to become addicted to medications, there is help. For more information, click here for help on overcoming a drug dependency.

Use a Reminder

Taking several different medications at different times during the day makes it difficult to remember whether you have taken a specific medication or not. Use a modern medication reminder that will sound an alarm when it is time for a medicine to ensure you are on track for the day.

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