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My mother is in an independent living facility, and all her money is used up for her rent, and insurance. She is forgetting to take her medicines and the facility charges 400 dollars just to remind her....not prepare them since I do that. She and I can't afford that. Is there some program that provides assistance for giving medications daily at a minimal cost?i

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The home health agencies usually want a 3 - 4 hr daily minimum, so thus could be expensive. I'd suggest to speak with social services or admissions at the IL to see if they have a list of "helpers" for residents that may be able to do a daily visit to do medication management. My moms IL had such a list for residents to use & directly pay on their own. The list was off duty staff or former workers & a win win for all. The last few months my mom was in IL she paid for help to get her to run errands or take her to doctors if I couldn't make it.
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Excuse me, I meant $400 a month = $13.33 per day.
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Home healthcare agencies provide medication assistance. You would have to continue to fill the pill box but you can have a caregiver come in for an hour a day to assist her with her medications. It would only take a couple of minutes so while the caregiver is there for an hour she can maybe make your mom some breakfast or other kind of meal, do a little cleaning up, and maybe help your mom with her daily routine of getting bathed and dressed. It's much cheaper than $400/day.
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No, there isn't a program for that, even on Medicaid. Assisted Living also charged us for dispensing mom's pills. At $400 a day, that is only $13.33 per day and if she is taking medications twice a day, I don't see where you will find a cheaper option.
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You might want to review the products available for this purpose. Do a computer search for locked pill dispensers. I had one for my Mom and it worked until her dementia made it impossible. As you do now, you would prepare the dispenser. And lock it. You set it for a time that Mom will be home and an alarm rings. She goes to the dispenser and one portion of her pills becomes unlocked. She takes the pills and at the next time the actions are repeated. After a set time, the pills will get locked preventing an overdose. (This also allows you to see how many doses were missed. ) An upscale version of this will also notify you if she fails to take the meds.
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