Promoting Independence with Medicines Part 2

Liquid Medicines and Measuresmedicine

Some service users may be quite capable of measuring their liquid medication for themselves the challenge might be to get spoon to their mouths without spilling it, maybe they’re not as steady as they used to be.

Let’s look at some alternatives to keep those people doing it themselves rather than you having to take over and administer their liquid medicines for them.


mediines cupPerhaps a simple measuring cup would be so much easier for them, they can put the little measuring cup down on the flat surface whilst pouring, get an accurate measure and be a little shaky and still get it to the mouth without spilling a drop!

 meds syringe

Perhaps another alternative would be an oral syringe, not just available for children’s medicines, useful for anyone who might be having difficulty measuring or taking liquid  medicines. A pharmacist has an obligation to provide you with an accurate and appropriate measure, so why not let them know what you need?

Eye drops

Autosqueese box
Instilling dropsautosqueeze into your eye is not the easiest of things to do for yourself especially if you are not very dextrous and it’s difficult to squeeze that little bottle or if you’re not very steady and most of the drop rolls down your cheek or into you ear!

So let’s make life not only easier but independent too. AutoSqueeze will make it easier to squeeze that little bottle and only costs around £4

 Autodrop box

AutodropAutoDrop however will help you to hold the bottle still over the eye. Simply pop the dropper bottle into the top of the device which looks a little bit like an eye bath, and place over the eye to get those drops in first time
Once again, costing as little as £3 to £4, what a small price to pay for your independence





inhalerTraditional inhalers are by far the most difficult to use and still the most commonly type of inhaler prescribed. You need a degree of dexterity and co-ordination to get it right and it’s so important that we do get it right as about a thousand people a year still die from having an asthma attack.

If people are not using this type of inhaler effectively there are a number of options available to them to not only keep them safe but to keep them independent too. So let’s explore the options.




Spacer devices take away the need for co-ordination, that simultaneous action of pressing the canister and continuing to breathe at the same time. Some people press and immediately stop the breath, the medication hits the back of the throat and never gets any where near the lungs. In fact you often see it come back out again as the person breathes out a little cloud on medication! Spacers can be purchased for about £8 or obtained on prescription.



easibreatheIautohalerf dexterity is the problem then a breath-activated inhaler may be more suitable. You’ll discover that there are “Autohalers”, “Easi-Breathe” inhalers and “Haleraid” inhalers. All designed to work as you breathe to trigger the dose rather that having to press down on the canister to activate the dose.

Or, maybe your service user would find it easier to use a dry powder inhaler as shown to the right.handihaleraccuhalerturbohaler




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