Remembering to take medication correctly each day can be difficult – especially for people who suffer from conditions such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s. One of the biggest worries for their families is that they won’t remember to take their medication, or may forget they’ve already taken it, causing them to accidentally take too high a dose.
Luckily, there are a number of medication reminders available for people who are struggling with remembering their medication.
Pill boxes are one of the most cost effective and simple ways to manage medication. The most basic pill boxes consist of seven small compartments corresponding to each day of the week.
Each week, the pills are split out between the compartments making it easy for your loved one to know exactly what needs to be taken each day. A pill box saves them from struggling with difficult packaging themselves and remembering what the correct dosages are. The days of the week marked on the pill box serve to remind them whether or not they’ve already taken their medication that day.
Other variations include double-decker pill boxes with morning and evening compartments or triple-level boxes with compartments corresponding to breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There are also larger monthly pill boxes available. However, sometimes having too many medications set up at a time can cause confusion. For people with cognitive impairments, it is often simpler to stick to weekly pill boxes. Dealing with medication on a weekly basis is more manageable and easier for them to remember and keep track of themselves. This allows them to keep a bit more independence and feel more in control of their own medication.
Pill Box Alarms
If the person you care for has difficulty remembering to use their pill box, a pill box with a built in alarm could come in useful.
Just like pill boxes, a pill box alarm has medications measured out in the correct dosages by days of the week and the time of day. However, they also have an alarm built in to alert your loved one when it is time to take their medication. This alarm could be a sound or a vibration and is scheduled to go off exactly when their medication is due.
You can even get smaller pill box alarms with compartments for up to two dosages, and these can can be worn as a pendant or kept in a jacket pocket. Therefore, they will always have their medication on them and won’t miss the alarm reminder.
Automatic Pill Dispensers
If your loved one is in danger of confusing the day of the week or time of day, an automatic pill dispenser may be able to give you peace of mind.
An automatic pill dispenser is similar to a pill box alarm. However, it is locked and programmed to only release the right medication at the time that the alarm has been set for. Also, it can be pre-filled and scheduled to dispense up to 28 doses of medication.
A dispenser is much more secure as there is no way they can access a dose which they shouldn’t be taking yet. This eliminates any risk of the person accidentally taking their medication twice.
Some pharmacies will offer a service where they can fill your pill box or dispenser there and then for you when you pick up a prescription. This is a great time-saver for busy families and carers! It is also great for people who may not feel comfortable measuring out correct dosages themselves. Ask your local pharmacy if this is a service they have available!
PillTime offers a similar service. It allows you to order your prescription online. It is then delivered straight to you organised into individual pouches, by dose, in the order you need to take them. Each pouch has clear labelling indicating the exact contents and the time and date it should be taken. You can sign up for the service by nominating PillTime as your NHS pharmacist.
Another useful way to remind people it’s time to take their medication is with pre-recorded messages played at certain times of the day. Some people also use a small device programmed with reminders that play out loud at a particular time.
Alternatively, phone services such as Memo24 arrange for an automated phone call to be placed at a scheduled time with a pre-recorded message.
This is often a good option for people who find bill boxes and alarms a bit intimidating and technical to use.
The messages can be recorded in your own voice or the voice of someone close to the user such as a daughter, son or spouse. In turn, this makes it much more personal with the familiar voice of a loved one providing the reminder to them.
Careline Personal Alarm
A Careline Personal Alarm offers extra security for people to remain independent in their own home. Furthermore, those taking medication to treat a long-term illness will qualify for VAT relief. If you have any questions about our service, please get in touch. Our Customer Service Team can be reached on 0800 101 3333 or via email at email@example.com.