As we age, sometimes the number of medications that we have to take on
a daily basis increases. Trying to keep track of which medication to take
at which time or even remembering if we took all the medications at all
can become a little challenging. Medication errors can have dire consequences
to our health and could be a contributing factor to a decision that it
is not safe to live independently in our homes any longer.
There are medication management resources available to help overcome the
challenges of taking the right amount of medicine at the right time. One
of these resources is an automated medication dispenser. Most models are
small enough to sit on a table top and some of them can be programmed
to dispense medicine for up to several weeks at a time.
Once the medication dispenser is filled, when it is time to take your medicine,
the dispenser releases the medication for you in a small cup. If you don’t
pick up the cup off of the dispenser, an automated voice can remind you
to come take your medicine. If you still don’t take your medicine,
then the dispenser can be programmed to call someone you designate to
notify them that you did not take your medication.
This type of automated medication dispenser is just one of the new resources
that are coming on the market to give you more options for continuing
to live safely in your home.