Medications and treatments are just another of the many issues you will eventually face in the course of caring for your elderly parents or in-laws. Remember that the goal is to keep them as independent as possible for as long as possible. Medication and treatments can present a challenge, but they are not a roadblock. In fact, managing medications can be something they can do for themselves easier than many other self-care or household tasks. Again, remember that the more you expect them to do for themselves the less likely they will be to rely on you.