Useful Tips

Included here are some helpful tips from other people who have looked after someone with dementia. Remember that some ideas may work well some days and not others.

  • If appropriate, take your own medicines at the same time as your family member. When they see you taking your medicines they may take theirs.
  • Put their medicines out at the same time as their meals, for example their morning medicines with breakfast.
  • If they refuse to take their medicines, distract your family member by doing something else for a short time and then try to give the medicines again.
  • If your family member finds it difficult to take many medicines all together, try giving their medicines in two or more separate groups.
  • Keep to the same medicine times that they are used to. This is particularly important if your family member has moved to a new place to live or has come home after being in hospital.
  • If your family member doesn’t like the taste or colour of their medicines, or has trouble swallowing medicines, ask the doctor or pharmacist if the medicines can be crushed. Alternatively, ask the doctor or pharmacist if the medicine can be given in a different formula, such as a liquid or patch on the skin.

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