Care recipient (cr) needs medications but can’t swallow pills

Try: #listen to the cr about the difficulty he or she is having taking pills and look for options #ask the cr’s doctor or pharmacist if the medications the cr needs are available in liquid form or if the pills prescribed can be crushed if a liquid version of a medication has an unpleasant taste ask if the medication can be added to a food or drink also check before crushing any pill to see whether it is safe to crush break or add it to food some pills and capsules are not made to be broken or taken with food but other versions of the same drug may be available #consider adding the cr’s medication in liquid or mashed form to soft foods applesauce pudding frozen yogurt or ice cream or drinks lukewarm coffee juice or nutritional supplement #some crs will find it easier to swallow in general if food or drinks are slightly thick #a cr with difficulty swallowing pills may have a heightened risk of choking while eating or drinking and may require supervision during meals and snacks

Materials: Mortar and pestle favorite drinks or soft foods consultation with doctor

Categories: Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision

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

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