Five Ways to Persuade Your Dad to Take His Medications

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Your dad is on important medications for some health reason. He may have high blood pressure or had a stroke and is on blood thinners. No matter what he is taking, it’s important that he takes them as recommended. Some seniors stop taking them due to the side effects or the monthly cost. Here are five ways to make sure your dad is taking his medications.

Home Care Services in Coral Springs FL: Medication Tips

Home Care Services in Coral Springs FL: Medication Tips

Explain the Importance

Go over the medication’s purpose with your dad. Explain why the medication is needed. Talk about how you would feel if you knew a medication could help him, but he refused the help. Ask if he’d want you to skip an important medication.

Discuss the Side Effects

Cover the possible side effects so that there are no surprises that keep him from taking the pills in the future. Discuss ways you can help him with any troublesome side effects. Sometimes, taking medications before going to bed works best for medications that cause dizziness. Pills that cause nausea may be best taken on an empty stomach if possible.

If side effects continue to be problematic, talk to his doctor. There may be other medications he can try.

See if There’s an Issue With Taste

Some pills have a bitter taste that makes them unpleasant. If that’s the case, you can often counter the taste by taking the pills with a fruity drink. If that doesn’t work and it’s not contraindicated, have a meal or snack ready that he can eat immediately after taking his prescription medication.

See if Cost is Keeping Him From Taking His Pills

Some seniors don’t keep taking their medications if the cost is high. Ask if your dad is skipping a refill due to the high cost. If he is, there are things that can help.

Talk to your dad’s doctor. There may be a generic medication that works the same and costs less. Contact the pharmaceutical company to see if there are rebates or coupons that can help lower the cost.

Have a Caregiver Help With Medication Reminders

Is your dad forgetting to take his medications? He may simply need someone to remind him that it’s that time again.

Caregivers can remind your dad when it’s time to take his medications. They also provide other vital elder care services like companionship, meal preparation, and transportation. If he can’t drive because of medication side effects, a caregiver can get him to the pharmacy, a friend’s houses, and medical offices. Call an elder care agency to find out more about medication reminders and other helpful services.

If you or a family member are in need of Home Care Services in Coral Springs, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.

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About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.