It is not uncommon for senior citizens to refuse to take their medication.
Even though you may explain to them, over and over again, they refuse to listen. A person that has been in good shape may not believe that they need the help of medicine. Others just don’t see the necessity in taking their medication, especially people who have dementia. These people may not realize that they need the medication to be better. So what can you do, as a caregiver, to make sure that they do take their medicine?
When dealing with a person that refuses to take their medication, it can be quite frustrating.
And especially annoying to go through the same unpleasant routine every single day. You would love to see that person cooperating because you know that it will make them better. Instead of allowing the illness they suffer from to get worse. But, no matter what, you need to keep your calm and be patient, because by getting mad or irritated you won’t solve things. On the contrary, you may end up doing more harm. The senior you are caring for may start using your frustration and negative feelings to pick on you and create tension in your relationship. Do your best to avoid such situations.
Are you wondering how to make this better?
If you want to persuade a person to take his or her medicine nicely, you should remind your patient that their doctor recommended them to take medicine because they have a particular health problem. It may be easier for a person to take medication if they are doing it for someone they appreciate and want to please, as their doctor.
If they have a problem with swallowing pills, check to see if there is a liquid form.
Or crush the tablets and add them to pudding or their favorite food, to make it easier to take. Also, when offering medication, don’t stand up in an intimidating position. Take a sit right next to them, because it appears friendlier. If the person still refuses to take them, allow him or her to calm down before trying again. Be patient and calm during this process, because you may need to take several attempts before succeeding.
You should also give the medicine with the greatest importance first.
To make sure that the important ones are taken first before your loved one changes his or her mind again about taking medicine. Leave the vitamins for last. It is not an easy task for sure, but knowing that the person you care for is safe and will enjoy better health, due to medicine, should keep you going. Just remember that a calm state of mind and patience will always solve a situation like this.