Module summary


The only person he trusted to give him his meds was me. He said he didn’t trust outsiders. We had great healthcare help, but he didn’t see it. I was so grateful for their help.

Here are some of the key points covered in this module:

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

  • Opioids can be very effective at relieving pain and are safe when given under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

  • Some strategies to help you stay organized in administering medications include using medicine packs prepared by a pharmacist and keeping track of all symptoms and medications given.

  • If a change in medications is needed, it is a good idea to learn about the new medication, how to give it, and what to expect.

  • You may be responsible for picking up, safely storing, giving, and ensuring the safe disposal of medications.

  • 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.