medication taking

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by carlraut, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. carlraut

    carlraut Registered User

    Mar 6, 2015
    3
    Male
    London
    Morning, I wonder if the forum could give me some advice.

    My mom was diagnosed with (vascular) dementia around 2 years ago, and more recently last year was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (this slipped through the net, as my mom stays by herself). My main concern is her medication taking, which was always hit and miss (even with the medication being delivered in the weekly bubble style boxes for morning/noon/night, my mom would often miss days at a time (and I'd come around to find stacks of medication piled up). Who can I approach to assist with her medication taking, would it be private, local surgery, or council? I'll be honest while my sister and I are paying for a carer twice a week, and meals on wheels has started I'm struggling to find money to pay for anything more privately.

    Thanks in advance

    Carl
     
  2. Long-Suffering

    Long-Suffering Registered User

    Jul 6, 2015
    426
    Hi Carl,

    How about a neighbour? Is there one who would be able to do that?

    LS
     
  3. piph

    piph Registered User

    Feb 4, 2013
    1,530
    Northamptonshire
    She probably needs to be visited by a carer every time she needs to take her medication to ensure she does it, especially as she has diabetes. I'm assuming that as you are at present paying for her care, that she has less than £15,000 in savings. I'm also assuming that she lives in the UK.

    You should approach her local authority Social Services department with a view to having an assessment of her needs. (You shouldn't have to be paying for her care). When this has been done, then a financial assessment will take place (of her, not you!) and she will be asked to make a contribution to her care, and the rest will be paid by the LA. Phone Social Services Adult Team and ask for an assessment - work the words 'vulnerable adult' into the conversation, and that should get the ball rolling. It won't be a rapid process unless she is actually deemed to be at risk, but I would think that not taking her diabetes medication could well put her in that category.

    Good luck, and let us know how you get on.
     
  4. Mannie

    Mannie Registered User

    Mar 13, 2014
    115
    Bracknell area
    Another reply to you gave good info about Social Services. You can go to Social Services direct or, you can achieve the same by going to her GP, who can then set the wheels in motion. She needs a carer to help her manage her meds ie help her to take them when needed, and diarize that she has done that. But also if you do it by the GP you can ask the GP to review the timing of the meds with a view to the fact she needs a carer visit. Often they start a med regime, and they can make small helpful adjustments as and when when your mums care needs change.

    For my mum they changed a tablet from evening to morning, and they changed some of my dads as well to best fit with the carer visit.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.