Care recipient (cr) has difficulty swallowing or is not longer able to swallow medication in the form of pills and capsules

Try: Check with doctor or pharmacist for each medication before performing this tip as some pills should not be crushed a mortar is a bowl and pestle is a mashing device they are usually made of stone or ceramic and can be bought as a set at most pharmacies they are designed for crushing while not as efficient a bowl and the back of a spoon may be used as a substitute place pills in the mortar and mash them into powder with the pestle if the medication is in capsule form split the capsule or remove its covering to see whether the contents to be mashed many times capsules contain small pellets or powdered medicine which need no additional mashing but occasionally they contain whole pills which do mix the crushed medication into a small serving of the cr cr’s food pick a soft food such as oatmeal applesauce pudding or ice cream read the pharmacy directions for each medication to make sure medication and food can be taken together see that the cr eats the entire serving of food that contains medication don’t put crushed pills in a serving that is too big for him or her to eat in one sitting

Materials: Mortar and pestle or spoon and bowl

Categories: Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Unaware

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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