The Project goal is to raise awareness about safe medicine use among
family members, friends and/or neighbours who provide care to seniors
and children with chronic illness.
We are doing this Project because we recognize the growing role of caregivers
and their need for support. We hope you find this site helpful. Check
back often because we’ll be updating as the Project progresses.
A friend, family member or neighbour
who helps someone with daily living or health-related activities. There
are many ways to help, such as helping with medicine, recognizing problems
and discussing them with a health care professional, picking up prescriptions,
arranging for transportation to and from appointments. In some situations
caregivers may actually administer medicine, not just supervise or assist.
Their attitudes towards and knowledge of the safe use of medicine are
Almost anything a person takes
to feel better or become healthier. Tablets, capsules, pills, liquids,
puffers (inhalers), creams, patches, drops, needles, even vitamins,
herbs, ointments, laxatives, aspirin and antacids are all different
types of medicine.
Children with Chronic Illness: Persons under
age 18 with a chronic condition or disability who need help from a caregiver.
Chronic Illness: A health condition diagnosed
by a health care professional that lasts at least six months. Asthma,
juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, cystic
fibrosis, epilepsy, allergies and diabetes are common chronic illnesses