Not taking prescribed medication or noncompliance can have serious health consequences. The reasons why people forget or don’t take medications are varied. Maybe the doctor didn’t explain how to take it properly. Maybe they feel better and think they don’t need the medicine anymore.
...... Maybe they just forgot

Choosing a medication reminder system
Anyone who cares for someone with a chronic illness for very long will soon realize there is much to be learned about how to organize medications. There are many ways to remind patients which medications to take when. In addition, what about those patients who insist on taking medications on their own? Are there ways to remind them about medicines that are unobtrusive and fit into the routine of every day life? How about a system that can help several caregivers adapt to the schedule without too much explanation?

Read the full article: Learn more Article published in St. Peter Herald. Original article written by GAIL GILMAN-WALDNER based on article SANDRA FUSON, Staff Writer in Caregiver.com

Pill Boxes

The most common type of medication system is the simple box with slots for different times of day. Caregivers sort out medications generally up to one week in advance and place it in the correct slot. At the appropriate time, the patient or the caregiver can tell at a moment’s glance which medicines need to be taken when.

Reminder Alarms

There are a variety of reminder alarms on the market today. These can range from a watch that the patient or caregiver wears with alarms that sound at various times throughout the day to computer software that can be programmed to let people know when it is time to take the medication.

Watches can be programmed with specific medication information, patient’s name, doctor’s name, and a variety of other information depending on the type of watch ordered. Alarms can be set to vibrate or emit an electronic alarm when it is time to take a new medicine. Another option is a pager device that when set, can sound an alarm or vibrate to remind patients to take their medications. Pagers generally have a larger digital read-out than does a watch, so this option may work better for sight-impaired patients.

Pill Dispensers

Finally, there are options for individuals who want to not only program a reminder, but dispense the medications at the same time. This may be an excellent option for the caregiver who is away from the home at various times of the day. It helps remind the patient when to take the necessary medications, yet it also serves to dispense the medications at the same time. There are no bottles to sift through and no opportunity to take too much or not enough of a particular medication. Some dispensers can even accept liquid medications.

Information adapted from article by Sandra Fuson, Staff Writer in Caregiver.com Weekly 5-26-11. Full article published in St. Peter Herald. Original article written by GAIL GILMAN-WALDNER based on an article by SANDRA FUSON, Staff Writer in Caregiver.com

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