One of the assistive devices that your senior might want to consider using is a medication dispenser. These devices are deceptively simple, but they can offer many benefits that improve your senior’s quality of life and help you to have peace of mind as her caregiver.
A Medication Dispenser Removes a Lot of Guesswork
When your elderly family member has and uses a medication dispenser, that eliminates a lot of questions. You may wonder if she’s taken her medication, for example. The dispenser helps you to see that right away. She may wonder what she needs to take and when during the day she needs to take it. Reminders, alarms, and empty segments afterward help her to keep up with what she’s taken already and what she still needs to take. This is vitally important as medications are taken as prescribed and are not “doubled up” when they feel that they forgot a dose. Some medications can be deadly if they are taken improperly and can cause an accidental overdose. Your life could depend upon this simple device!
Dispensers Offer a Way to Maintain Independence
This tool gives your senior a way to maintain her independence. Even if she needs help filling it up, she’s able to use it throughout the week to take her medications on the right schedule. That can be incredibly empowering for her, while also ensuring that she’s complying with her medication schedule. The dispenser is able to assist with the regimen and provide the assurance that she will not end up in the hospital if she doesn’t take the medications as prescribed.
They Offer Some Safety Features
Medication dispensers keep your senior’s medications safe for her until it’s time to take them. She doesn’t have to worry about bottles that are difficult to open or counting out her medications incorrectly. Additionally, they help to reduce the possibility of dropping meds on the floor while retrieving from a pill bottle. The right medication is ready for her at the right time and all she needs to do is take them. Also, with the worries about whether or not your elderly family member has taken her medications out of the way, accidental overdose is far less likely.
They’re Easy to Use
Medication dispensers are easy for you or for home care providers to fill and to program, but they’re just as easy for your elderly family member to operate, too. Programmable reminders mean that your aging family member doesn’t have to worry about ever missing a dose. And if she prefers, she can have someone contact her if she hasn’t taken her medication by a certain time of day. That’s an easy way to stay on schedule, no matter what else is going on.
Having the right tools for her needs can make lots of small, ordinary tasks much easier for your aging family member. Medication dispensers can offer her a way to solve issues that neither of you might have realized were a problem.