Being a caregiver can be personally rewarding, yet very stressful. You know that keeping track of your senior’s care needs is crucial, but it is often easy to forget routine tasks, such as ensuring your loved one has taken her medication.
Since many seniors depend on their medications to remain healthy, complicated medication schedules can cause missed doses, incorrect dosages, or even taking medicines at the wrong times — errors that can result in preventable illnesses, doctor or hospital visits, and even death. A medication dispenser service such as Philips Medication Dispensing Service can benefit you as a caregiver by reminding your senior loved one to dispense their medications at pre-scheduled times, giving you peace of mind. Here are just four of the many reasons why:
1. They help seniors remain independent at home.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information estimates that 3 million seniors in the United States are admitted to skilled nursing facilities due to drug-related errors. If your senior loved one lives independently, a medication dispenser could help her avoid such errors. The convenient pre-filled dosage cups of the Philips medication dispenser can help her take pre-sorted medications at pre-scheduled times.
2. They help caregivers support senior loved ones.
As your senior loved one ages, he may begin to require more medicines. Seniors account for over 177,000 emergency room visits per year, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A medication dispenser can assist you, as his caregiver, by decreasing the risk of accidental overdosing (or underdosing) when you are unavailable to assist, thus decreasing the risk of avoidable medical complications and unintentional hospitalizations. It also helps your senior loved one maintain his independence. In addition, you can receive alerts for missed doses, refill reminders, and dispenser errors 24 hours a day.
3. They’re easy to use.
Medication dispensers such as Philips Medication Dispensing Service make it easy to manage medications. First, you place your senior loved one’s medications into individual cups, give the medication schedule to Philips Lifeline to program the dispenser, and load them into the dispenser. When your senior loved one hears the reminder at the programmed time, she will press the button to dispense the medication you have loaded. The medication dispenser is connected to your senior loved one’s telephone line, so if she misses a dose, you will be contacted.
4. They’re available at a low cost.
Age-related problems such as memory loss and decreased vision can make it difficult for your senior loved one to follow his doctor’s instruction for taking his medications. A medication dispenser can help you and your senior loved one adhere to the medication regimen prescribed by his doctor. In fact, with a medication dispensing adherence rate of 98.6 percent for monitored subscribers, Philips Medication Dispensing Service outperforms other dispensing services.* This useful service starts as low as $49 per month.
Being a caregiver can be stressful, but incredibly rewarding. With the help of a medication dispensing service, you can exert less mental energy on worrying, and enjoy more moments with your senior loved one.
*Among subscribers who enrolled in the optional 24-hour monitoring service, subscribers dispensed their medications when prompted 98.6 percent of the time.