If there are just a few too many pills in your day, it might be time to investigate
one of the many different kinds of boxes and gadgets that can help make your
life easier at medicine-taking time. These items can range from simple boxes
that cost a few dollars to pillbox timers that cost around $20, to electronic
dispensers that cost over $200.
There are watches that you can set to sound an alarm when it's time to take
your drugs. There are bottle caps that beep when it's pill time, and lockable
dispensers that prevent you from doubling up by mistake.
You can load some dispensers for a month's worth of medication, and a voice
system can tell you when to take a medication and how much to take.
There's even a "magic medicine cabinet" in development that will
operate by face recognition. It will tell you whether you've picked up the
right medicine bottle, and it will tell you how much to take. It even has
the ability to allow you to take your vital signs, track your information
and send it to your doctor.
Medication errors can result in hospitalizations and even admission to nursing
homes. Talk with your pharmacist or doctor about the aides available to help
you keep track of your drugs. Even if you have the best intentions, it's too
easy to forget to take a pill.
Family Caregivers Association