Activity 9 – Taking medications

Alternate senses contributing to this activity are: touch, hearing, and smell

  • Assistive procedures helpful for maintaining this activity are:
  • Labeling.
  • Modifying or developing techniques.
  • Using Braille.
  • Using high technology devices or software.
  • Modifying objects or environment.

We will begin with:

Labeling

Mark the lids with Hi-Marks (available from low vision dealers) or Puff Paint (from hobby and craft shops). Use Braille or codes of your own. Braille label makers are also available from low vision dealers.


Modifying or developing techniques

You can identify the pills in a container by either shaking or sniffing them.

Remove the safety cap if you have no small children in the house. Just pry out the inner cap, and that becomes the lid. Your pharmacist will do this for you if you ask.


Using high technology devices or software

Attachments to pill bottles allow you to record and play back information about the contents, including when and how much to take.


Modifying objects or environment

Replacement lids for pill bottles act as timers to remind you when the pill should be taken.

Pill organizers and dispensers with or without alarms will help keep track of proper dosages. These are available in several models.


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