Assisting a loved one with their medication

Every year in the European Union, an estimated 200,000 people die as a result of not following their medication regime properly.

So here are a few things that could help you assist your loved one…

 
One of the most common errors with ageing is forgetting to take your prescription, or even taking more or less than you need. This is particularly problematic amongst older people, where it can be common to have poor prospective memory, affecting the ability to undertake actions.

But there are ways to make taking medication easier…

 

Make taking medication easier with pillboxes

A popular aid is use of a pillbox, in which you can put a week’s worth of pills sorted by day, for example. These can be managed by a relative or regular visiting care professional, who visit their home regularly and is willing to take responsibility of this task.

And for those people out and about, there are more discreet versions, such as the Tabtime Tapestry Medicine Wallet.

tapestry medication pillboxThis stylish weekly pill organiser/dispenser, which is covered with a tapestry effect, is great for organising your week’s medication and handy for taking your medicine on days out or on holiday.

It’s discreet and designed to make your life easier by compartmentalising your daily medication.

Each of the 7 daily trays has four compartments labelled Morn-Noon-Eve-Bed and each tray can easily be removed to carry separately with you if required.

Find out more about the Tabtime Tapestry Medicine Wallet here.

 

Talking Reminder Clock Medication RemindersIf a pillbox or wallet is not proving to work as an effective daily reminder, then there are a number of technology-based aids that can certainly help.

The Talking Reminder Clock is a really simple way for you to help loved ones with time association, reminding them about important upcoming tasks such taking their medicine, using the six daily alarms.

The device allows you to record the reminders yourself, so that they’re prompted with a voice they recognise, and reminders will repeat for 60 seconds, or until a manual stop has been activated, giving you assurance that they will hear the reminder

Find out more about the Talking Reminder Clock here.

 

MemRabel 2 Dayclock RemindersFor a more advanced solution, the MemRabel 2 Dayclock, allows for an even more personalised reminder.

It allows you to programme reminder alarms using personal photos, videos and audio or text messages, which can be set daily, weekly or on specific dates.

At the alarm time, the programmed reminder will play, along with any video or image you choose to go with it.

Find out more about the MemRabel 2 here.

 

Those that would benefit from a more discrete, less audible solution that won’t disturb others, could take a look at the Tabtime Vibe Vibrating Pill Reminder and Storage.

Ideal if you are taking night time medication and don’t want to wake others around you or for through the day when you might want to be discrete about your medication.

Tabtime Vibe Vibrating Pill Reminder and StorageThe Tabtime Vibe works equally as well if you have a form of hearing impairment as you can be alerted to take your medication without an audio cue. It provides a discrete vibration reminder when an audio or visual alert is not suitable.

You can set up to 5 alarms to alert you at different times throughout your day and you can customise what type of alarm you would prefer at each time: vibration only, audio only or a combination.

It is easy to set up and use with a large, easy to read screen and 5 compartments to organise tablets. It is lightweight and discrete, so can fit easily into your pocket so that you never miss your medication again.

Find out more about the TabTime Vibe here.