Module overview

Introduction

Little by little, she let me take over her meds, but it was very hard on her. She was very stubborn and very independent.

Giving medication to the person who is ill can be a major part of caregiving. It is important to have a good understanding of different aspects associated with medications so that you will feel comfortable in this role.

Medications are commonly used to help manage pain or other symptoms that are troubling, as well as for chronic disease such as diabetes. It is essential to know about the medications that are prescribed as well as how to administer them.

This module will provide you with some basic information including:

  • Different forms of medication and the use of opioids in managing pain
  • Ways to keep medications organized
  • Safety procedures for storing and disposing of medications
  • Tips and procedures for administering medications through the different routes such as by mouth, through the nose, via medical patches, through suppositories, and by injection. *Most of these include demonstration videos.

Notes about language: The words “medication,” “medicine,” and “meds” are all used interchangeably throughout this chapter.

Disclaimer

This module is intended to provide general information only and is not meant to replace the medical advice provided by your doctor or healthcare provider.