My brother has learning disabilities and takes quite a few medications at different times throughout the day. His caregivers are forever frustrated with the fact that he forgets to take his medications, or worse yet, doubles up on them sometimes when he can’t remember whether he has taken them or not. They have set up multiple alarms that go off at specific times to remind him to take his medicines, and he has the plastic time and day marked pill dispensers, but alas, even these don’t always assure that he takes his medication correctly. They are not always sure if he actually did miss his dosages because he is not likely to admit that he took his medicine incorrectly, if he is even aware that that he did. I thought of him when I came across this article in medgadget about the DAP (Dispense a Pill), which is a personal medication manager that dispenses drugs at preset times and in preset quantities.
“DAP manages up to 16 medications and allows individuals to set reminders and manage alerts for non-pill medications such as topical creams, eye drops, inhalers and insulin injections. DAP can store a 90-day pill supply as well as inform a person when medications are running low, thereby providing plenty of time to get prescriptions refilled.
Since DAP connects to a phone line, it can automatically alert up to five caregiver contacts if a dosage is missed. Caregivers can also review medication dispensing history at any time.”
I thought the really cool thing about this was that it would automatically alert caregivers if a dosage was missed, thus eliminating the need to do a treasure hunt in order to try to discover what, if any, dosages had been missed.
Now if I could just find some sort of system that would set off an alarm if he let his kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom get too dirty, I would have a lot less worries about my brother.