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  • Michelle

    April 10, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    John, this can be tough but so important. I understand that a daily fight causes so much stress and makes this function something you dread. Rather than fight, here are a few tips you can try.
    1) Try using a pill box so he can see the day and time and that the pills are still in the box. Don’t be nasty about reminding him but rather ask him in a friendly tone of voice to double check to see if they are still in there. Let him know that you often forget when sometimes you think you have already taken your medications.
    2) Try offering a reward such as a cookie or something he enjoys.
    3) Some pills could be too large and hard to swallow. Talk with your father’s doctor or pharmacist to see if any of their medications could be changed to a liquid formula or if you could crush the pills and add them to applesauce, yogurt, or food.
    *Make sure to ask before crushing any pills because not all pills are crushable. Some could become less effective or unsafe.

    Hope that helps