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Taking medication

Many people forget to take prescribed medication or take it in the wrong way, which can put their health at risk.

Your local pharmacist will be able to advise you on different medicines and how to take them. You don’t need to make an appointment and advice and information will be provided free of charge.

They will also be able to help you to remember what medication you should be taking. There are a number of devices that theycan supply or transfer your prescription into such as a dosette box. This is a box marked with the days and times of the week at which you should take your medication. Another way to help you to remember is to keep a diary or planner and tick off each dose as you take it.

If you are receiving a care package that includes daily visits to your home, then your care worker will help to ensure that you always take the right medication at the right time. They will also keep a written record of it and may be able to help in collecting repeat prescriptions from your doctor or chemist.

If you are still unsure and need support in taking medication, applying creams, drops or lotions you should contact your GP, District Nurse or local pharmacy for advice.

Useful links

OtherMyLife pages: Preparing meals, Help with personal care, Equipment, Incontinence support

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