Help clients to remember their medications
Thursday, 4 March 2021
Not taking medications as prescribed may be harmful to a person’s health. We have gathered top tips to support your clients to remember to take their meds.
Top 4 tips
Here are some tips to help your community and clients to remember to take their meds:
Take them at the same time every day
Firstly, encourage people to choose a time when they are most likely to remember to take their medications and take it at this same time every day. After a few weeks it will be habit.
Keep them in a place they will see them
Secondly, encourage people to store their medications in a place they will notice them, eg, next to a coffee cup, on top of the fridge, near their toothbrush.
Set a reminder alarm
Thirdly, most smart phones can set daily reminders or alarms which can remind people to take their medications. Some people might need help setting this up.
Explain and discuss any concerns
Finally, forgetting to take medications can be a sign that clients are worried or resistant to take them. Take the time to explain the reason for medications being prescribed and discuss any concerns. Refer clients to a pharmacist or doctor if they need more information.
You may be interested in completing an online course called Good Medicine Better Health: Type 2 diabetes. This 40-minute module aims to increase the confidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners to educate clients and community members about medicines to treat type 2 diabetes.
Enrolment is simple and you can find the course on the NPS Medicinewise website at this link.
NPS Medicinewise is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that is evidence-based and consumer-centred. It was established in 1998 with the primary aim of promoting quality use of medicines.