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Welcome to our world epeacock. I'm so glad you found our site.
I dispense daily meds at breakfast and supper for both my parents. I also fill their pill boxes weekly.
Mom had advanced AD but dad doesn't. However, he is getting more and more forgetful and I realized about a month ago he is forgetting to take some meds, so I took over that role.
Now I just have to remember to give him his meds - he typically eats both breakfast and supper earlier than I feed mom so I don't always remember to give him his meds. A few more weeks, though, and I'm sure this old dog will figure out this new trick, too.
Probably the best answer is for someone to physically dispense meds, and do not leave meds within sight of a PWD.
I will say though, there is some time in the earlier stages where a PWD can possibly remain independent to take their meds with a mechanical dispenser. If you are going to use one it can also be a tool to document just when a decline in function happens. I used the med-minder dispenser and my MIL did well with it for about 4 months. After that time, something either happened with her short term and her curiosity about the machine got the best of her, or she simply lost the concept of the steps, as there were quite a few to do. So, as I began to get many text messages regarding the missteps I knew it was time to change. I then used pill pouches and left a day or two worth out of sight of MIL for other caregivers to dispense (NOTE: Some agencies will not allow caregivers to dispense meds from a container, some can only do reminders) or other family members to dispense and I did the rest of time.
Thanks for all the advice I guess deep down I already knew the answer it's just so hard to take over, Not the best way to put it but I have really been trying to be more assertive and explain to her everything we do is for her safety but sometimes I become the little kid again and let her have things the way she wants. I think I'll start going by every morning and evening and give her the medications. I'll just have to sit her down and explain why and that I'm not her "baby sitter" she is so independent which makes it so hard because she knows a lot of time I'll give in but I think coming to the forum will help me become a better care giver. Thanks for all the advise
Yes she lives alone, I live about 5 min. from her I have other siblings but it pretty much falls on me, so I'm going to work it out that I go and give them to her, after reading everyone's response that's really the best way. I have asked the Dr. if we could maybe not take all the vitamins she's been taking. I have such a hard time being stern with her (she knows it to) after reading all the posts it make sense to just make sure I give them to her because I have found some on the floor and in the couch, I worry the most about her blood thinner that's the most important. For 82 she only really takes 4 pills and then about 6 vitamins so if we can maybe reduce some of the vitamins that will be better. This forum has been really helpful thanks for all the advice I will take it all. Sometimes you know the answer but it's good to hear it from other caregivers going through the same process.