Properly managing the medications for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult task made even more complex when the patient is under the care of numerous physicians, all of whom are prescribing one, two or even three different medications.
Couple this with the fact that most caregivers find it difficult, if not impossible, to convince the person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to take their pills, in the correct dose, and at the correct time, caregivers can become angry, frustrated, and sometimes, just give up.
The Care Navigators at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center help caregivers safely manage their loved ones medications by:
- Teaching caregivers how to manage their loved ones behavior and reduce their reluctance to comply
- Arranging for Medication Management services on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or as-needed basis, including pre-pouring medications, by a properly licensed professional.
- Coordinating the implementation and use of an automatic pill dispenser, if appropriate.
- Communicating and coordinating with the patients physicians.
- Providing education and medication information.