Long Term Goal: Improve functional cognitive linguistic skills to maximize safety and community re-entry.
----Short Term Goal: The client will complete graphic attention/organization tasks with 80% accuracy and min cues.
Different Colored Tic Tacs, Pill Organizer, List of Client's Prescriptions, Empty Pill Bottles or Containers
Preparing for the Activity:
1. Look in the patient's chart for a list of their prescriptions. If you do not see a list you can make up some prescriptions for this activity, it just is more functional if you have the patient's actual list of prescriptions.
2. Write or type up a list with the prescription information, I would number the list so it is easy to read.
3. If the patient is taking three different types of medications then you will need 3 different colored tic tacs.
4. Pour the different colored tic tacs into the different empty pill bottles or containers.
Instructions for the Activity:
1. Explain the purpose and the instructions for the activity.
2. The patient will read each prescription carefully and then organize their medication for the week in the pill organizer.
3. For example if the prescription reads: Advil: Take 1 capsule twice a day x 5 days, then the patient would put two capsules in each section of the pill organizer for Monday through Friday.
4. Provide cues as needed throughout the activty.
5. Ask the patient if they are typically the one who organizes his/her medication each week.
This is a great activity that I used when I was in my internship in the Skilled Nursing Facility. My supervisor introduced me to this activity and I think it is very functional, especially if the patient is going to be re-entering the community and will be managing his/her medication independently.