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Amina is a home health aide who has a client named Mrs. Ericson. Mrs. Ericson’s health has declined in the past year; therefore, she and her family members are glad that Amina visits Mrs. Ericson to make sure that she takes her medications correctly. Mrs. Ericson has many types of medications to take, and they need to be taken in different amounts at different times of the day.

According to the laws in her state, Amina cannot give any prescription medications or over-the-counter medications to Mrs. Ericson, but she can help Mrs. Ericson to take the medications herself. Amina can read the labels and instructions aloud to Mrs. Ericson, and she can remind Mrs. Ericson when it is time to take her medications.

When Amina reminds Mrs. Ericson that it is time to take her medication, Mrs. Ericson asks Amina to help her open the bottles of pills and give her a glass of water. For liquid medications, Amina brings the bottle to Mrs. Ericson, but Mrs. Ericson must pour out the liquid and measure it herself. If Mrs. Ericson’s hand is shaking, Amina helps steady her hand so that the liquid doesn’t spill. When Mrs. Ericson needs to put eye drops in her dry eyes, Amina holds her head and hand while Mrs. Ericson puts the drops in her own eyes. When Mrs. Ericson needs to apply an ointment to her skin, Amina washes the skin first and then has Mrs. Ericson apply the ointment. She helps Mrs. Ericson wash her hands afterwards.

Amina carefully keeps track of Mrs. Ericson’s medications by writing down the name of the medication, the time, the amount, and the way it was taken. She pays attention to any new instructions by Mrs. Ericson’s doctor if there are changes to her medications. She also notifies Mrs. Ericson if her medications need to be refilled or if they are expired. Amina is careful and accurate when she helps Mrs. Ericson with her medications.

Amina Helps Mrs. Ericson with Her Medications

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners