6 ways to convince seniors to take medication
5 steps to help your loved one take the medication he needs when he needs it
If a client is refusing and saying they don’t want to take their medication, you should:
There are several ways to increase motivation to take medication as prescribed.
Memory: Senior simply forget to take their medications. Need: 40% of elderly patients do not know the purpose of their medication. Some do not take them because they don’t feel good, others stop taking because they feel good. Volume: too many medications.
In most cases, you cannot be forced to take medication. If you are offered medication, you usually have the right to refuse it and ask for an alternative treatment.
The most common reasons for patient non-compliance to medications are intentional and include: high drug costs, fear of adverse events, being prescribed multiple medications, and experiencing either instant relief or medication ineffectiveness leading to self-discontinuation of medications.
Warfarin is one of the most common causes of medication-related hospitalizations in older adults. To reduce the risk of serious problems, one may need to apply extra care in monitoring warfarin effect (via the prothrombin blood test) and extra care in checking for interactions when a new drug is prescribed.
When people were asked why they stopped taking a drug without consulting with a doctor, they cited side effects (29 percent); a belief they didn’t need the drug (17 percent); that they were feeling better (16 percent); and that they felt the drug wasn’t working (15 percent).