Chapter 4: Administering meds


I’ve been there
Katherine describes the challenges of caring for her grandmother at home. (3:22)Video transcript

I really wasn’t comfortable at first with giving dad all his meds. I just seemed like such a huge responsibility. It got easier once I figured out what I was supposed to do.

The administration of a medicine is often an important part of caregiving. Medication can be given in different ways or by different routes, and these may change over time if it becomes difficult for the person who is ill to take it in a specific way.

This chapter will explore different routes of administering medications and provide tips, best practices, and “how to” videos for each route.


Check the label on the bottle or packaging prior to administering. This will help ensure you are about to administer the right medication at the right time in the right way. This may seem basic, but it will help guard against mishaps when you are tired, busy, or feeling stressed or upset. You should also always check the expiry date.

Helpful resources
Symptom Diary you can download and use