Caregiving can bring plenty of challenges. Organizing of medication and pill-taking schedules can be a complicated affair. Seniors can find these schedules confusing and this can often lead to medication mismanagement.
Lists, lists, lists!
For the caregiver keeping lists or schedules with patient names, drug names, dosage and frequency is essential. All medications are best kept separately and under the correct storage conditions with regular checking of expiry dates being carried out. It’s also important to note any other medications which should not be taken in combination with those prescribed.
Using schedules for better management
Following schedules carefully when managing patients is crucial. Alarms or apps can also be used to aid with running a smooth schedule. Instructions for taking each medication should be clearly communicated to the patient – for example, with or after food, or with a certain amount of water.
A great tool for managing medication
A unique solution from Remedic helps both caregivers and patients to ensure that patients are taking the correct medications with an adequate amount of water. The Remedic Pill Box and Glass is a combination product featuring a container at the top to hold pills, and a water glass underneath with scale markings so you can measure out the correct amount of water to be taken with the pills.
The large lever with tilting lid at the top makes it easy to open for those with dexterity issues and a transparent cover means the medication inside is easy to identify. The glass has an ergonomic shape for easy grip and the flat side at the top allows for patient labels to be easily added. The product is dishwasher safe, easy to clean and great for use in hospital, care home and home settings. Read more about the Remedic Pill Box and Glass here.
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Hot or cold compresses are very effective in treating injuries or aches and pains. But which should you use and when? The answer is not always obvious, so we’ve compiled some simple facts to keep in mind. [read more…]
Cold is to reduce inflammation
Cold should be used to reduce swelling and bruising and works best in the first 24 to 48 hours. Applying a cold compress to bumps and bruises slows the rate of inflammation and also helps to reduce tissue damage. It does this by decreasing blood flow to the affected area.
A cold compress applied to the head or neck can also help to reduce your temperature if you have a fever.
Heat is to relax muscles
Heat can be applied to relieve muscles aches and pains and works by increasing the blood flow to the affected area and to the skin. Heat helps to relax the muscles and can reduce cramping pains.
Alternating both heat and cold is also effective for exercise-induced aches and pains.
Bandaging your compress
Remedic has a range of Quick-Fixing Bandages that make applying and holding a hot or cold compress in place easy. The bandages come in various shapes for wrapping your compress onto different parts of the body:
- Quick-Fixing Universal Triangle Bandage – this creates a sling wrap for arms and shoulders
- Quick-Fixing Body Wrap Bandage – this can be wrapped around the torso for easing abdominal, stomach or back pain
- Quick-Fixing Calf and Foot Bandage – this bandage wraps around the calf and foot to ease pain from muscle sprains or strains
- Quick-Fixing Neck and Head Wrap Bandage – this wraps around the neck or head to help reduce fever, create a neck warmer in cold weather, or treat neck muscle aches and pains
All bandages are self-adhesive when wrapped and stay securely in place. They are made from soft, breathable material and are machine washable.
The bathroom can be home to many accidents – falls and slips are all too common, especially for elderly people or those with disabilities, reduced mobility or injuries. Depending on a family member or carer to help you wash and go to the toilet may not always be practical or desirable.
Thankfully there are a few simple steps you can take to make your bathroom a safer place so you can retain your independence and privacy.