Automatic Pill Dispensing - Pill Boxes
When I was taking care of my mother and my friend’s father, one of the hardest and
most important things to keep up with was times and dosages of medications. As both
their illnesses progressed, the medications increased and the times varied. At that
time, I made a chart and used a wall calendar to keep up with the medications. It
wasn’t the best system, but it was all I had to work with. Avoiding medication errors
can’t be overstated and with today’s innovative tools for dispensing medicines,
there is no excuse for error.
It can sometimes become especially confusing to our elders that live alone. They
may forget to take their medication, or can’t remember whether they have taken it
at all. Fortunately today, the industry has developed products that make it easy
to avoid mess-ups in medication dispensing by the caregiver or the person taking
the pills. As someone who has been involved in care giving and watching the frustration
of the patient trying to remember what or if they took the right pill, it is a real
issue. It is critical in caring for an elderly person who is living independently
and self-administering medication that they consistently remember the times and
dosages. There are some very innovative and ‘smart’ pill boxes and organizers in
the market place today. Some pill boxes even have a
timed alarm and or flashing light as a reminder to take medication. Some
also come with keyed locks for those who forgot they already took their medication
for the day.
It wasn’t that long ago when families took care of each other and lived as a little
community. The parents, grandparents, children all lived together watching over
one another and each helping in his or her own way. They would not have considered
sending an elder to a nursing home, and in many ways, I think we have lost that
part of being a family. It was this way I felt about caring for my mother. She raised
us children, very well I might add, and when the time came when she needed care,
she deserved to be in her own home. We were fortunate to have been able to have
her home with us throughout the last fourteen years of her life. It was an incredible
experience, for all of us. As for me, I would not change a thing those last years.
I learned more about her, and myself than any other time in my life. But the most
important thing I learned was compassion, and that love is the only thing that really
matters. And it is such a gift that we can give our parents - whether they choose
to live independently or with their families to provide the very best of care we
can. And hopefully, our children will do the same for us when the time comes.
If you are caring for an elder who is living alone, there are some things you can
do to make sure proper doses of medication are being taken. An
automatic pill dispenser is an excellent way to monitor medicine dosages.
Another thing you can do is make sure you are familiar with the medications the
person you are caring for is taking - the precautions, side effects and drug interactions.
If a new medication is started, watch to see how he or she is doing.
This article written by "Safe Home Sue", a product specialist for Safe Home Products®