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What should I do if my aunt refuses to take medication from her caregivers?

I am responsible for my aunt who is currently having 24 hour care at home and is fiercely independent. Her Alzheimer's means that sometimes she is fully 'with it' and other times very confused and combative. She will take medication to help her Alzheimer's for a few days and then refuses. She become very angry with the caregivers when they try and insist that she takes her pills. I live in Europe so am dealing with all the problems at long distance.

Status: Open    Aug 11, 2015 - 11:08 AM

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Aug 13, 2015 - 08:22 AM

Maybe it's time to consider putting her in a long term facility (nursing home). No offense but with Alzheimer chances are things will probably get worst and having her in a nursing home where they are better equip to care for people with Alzheimer. I'm not sure where your Aunt lives or if she has a social worker on her case but that's a good place to start .

Hope that helps and good luck.

Aug 26, 2015 - 01:24 PM

You do not say how advanced her Alzheimer's is...
At some point the medications may no longer be effective. If she is in late or late-middle stage it might not make a difference if she takes them. But this would be something to discuss with her doctors.
There are medication patches that can be used as well so she would not be taking the medication orally but the patch would be place on her by the caregiver daily. (not all medications are available in patches)
I have started to grind my husbands pills and I mashe them into a banana in the morning and in the evening into pudding or applesauce. This is the only way he will take meds now. This may work for your Aunt.
She may also benifit from a Memory Care facility rather than being at home. You say she is independent but that may come to a stop soon and adjustment while she is more independent might be easier than when she in totally dependent on the caregivers. (don't know if they will remain with her until the end)


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