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Alzheimer's Patient Refuses to Take Pills, Even When Hidden in Food

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Posted August 6, 2013

 

  • Some pills can be crushed up and other pills should not be crushed. Check with the doctor or pharmacist about the medications your loved one is taking.

  • If they can be crushed, consider mixing them into a food that will hide the taste. If they are crushed up and mixed in to something that can cover the taste, he or she will more likely eat them.

  • If the pills can’t be crushed up, try giving the pills to your loved one without saying too much. Simply hand this person the glass of water.

  • If they ask what it is for, just say something like, “here you go” and put one pill in their hand and say, “take a big sip.”

  • Don’t hurry and only give one pill at a time. Sometimes saying less will work to get someone to engage in activities such as pill taking. If they refuse, don’t argue but say, “ok” and then try again in a few minutes—calmly and slowly.

Source: HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com

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