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