An Old Chick Named Hazel

Meet Hazel, a spunky 80 year old who wants to age gracefully in her own home.   This blog series provides tips and links to products to help seniors live independently in their current home.  

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One Pill, Two Pills, Three Pills, Four

Updated: Mar 2, 2019

Every Saturday morning after breakfast, unless she is at the casino, Hazel sorts out her medicine for the week. She has two medicine pill boxes for the week. One for her day time pills and one for her night time pills. She sorts them out and makes a note of which medicines will run out the next week so she or one of her children can place the order for a refill. She also has one small pill container that will keep one or two days worth of pills. She carries that in her purse in case she is out with the friends or family and doesn’t get home in time to take her meds. When picking up her medicines from the local pharmacy, Hazel always request medicine bottle caps that are not childproof. Those caps are much easier to open.

Here are some piece of mind tips for the family member and caregiver. We typed up a list of the medicines that Hazel takes and emailed them to several family members. That way, if she ever gets sick and is rushed to the hospital, it should be easy to get a family member to email, text or fax the information to the doctors and others attending to her. You can also ask the pharmacy to print out a list of medicines. Designate one family member to be responsible for keeping up with her medicines.

Last but not least, if you worry about whether or not your loved one will remember to take their medicine, you can set up a daily calendar reminder on their phone.

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