My mum is on a 'cocktail' of tablets 5 times a day for her Parkinson's, thyroid condition and (alleged) epilepsy. For quite some time now it has been a struggle for her to swallow them. When she still lived at home her hands were so shaky that you couldn't just hand them to her you had to actually put them in her mouth and watch very carefully in case one dropped out. Less than 2 years ago my sister and I started taking turns to go there to give her her medication as my dad could no longer do it. She has now been in residential care for over a year and in her present nursing home for about 2 months. On 2 occasions recently I have been there in the evening at medication time. One of the night staff asked me to give my mum her medication. It was crushed up and mixed in water, served in a 'baby' cup with a straw. It was a bright blue colour, cocktail like apart from the lack of an umbrella and the foul taste - I tasted it myself the first time! The care assistant asked me to give it her tonight but my mum really struggled with it, although she did eventually manage to drink most of it, with much pulling of faces and moaning and groaning! I don't really like her having her medication this way. It tastes horrible, takes ages for her to get it down and, more importantly, I worry that she might not manage to take it all for one reason or another. The first time I gave her it the care assistant said that if she didn't manage to take it she would give her it in the normal tablet form later. I was worried that she would only manage to take some of it in which case it would not be possible to gauge how much she had had and give an appropriate dose in tablet form. I have heard that certain medication can be obtained in liquid form and am wondering whether this would be a good idea. I am worried that if I ask for this to be done I am somehow hastening her decline in that I am 'encouraging' her to lose the swallowing reflex. She still manages OK with 'normal' food and drink but I just wonder whether it would be a good thing to change to liquid medication or not. Any advice much appreciated as always.