Do you have services to dispense medication to elderly Mom?

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If mom is able to take her "morning meds" if already placed in a medicine box, I know some smaller pharmacies will fill a medicine box each week (morning, lunch, dinner) but you need to return the box each week to be refilled. There does come a time when this is just not possible for the elder to do by themselves.
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We couldn't get someone to come morning and eve. To dispense meds, and they wanted $12 for each hour if they came.
I found a wonderful machine. $99 to install and show me how it works, 24 hr. hotline for help. $49.99 a month for rental. Moms health is MUCH improved.
Neither of moms doctors had a suggestion who to call.
It's called Philips Lifeline (home. Monitoring). One number for all services. 1888-632-3261. It tells her time for meds, says thank you when she removes the cup, and reminds her to drink extra fluids.
Had a dispenser from Lutheran services that rotated for each dose, dinged, and lights flashed. She figured out that she could turn it with her finger and that was the end of her taking the right meds when it went off. I was going crazy trying to get her to leave it alone. It was a lot cheaper. $39 to install and $14.95 a month.
Mom did good for nearly a year because she believed it couldn't be turned. You would hope (since she can't remember trying on shoes and they are still in the cart) that she would have forgotten when she accidentally turned it. The Lifeline dispenser is great. A wonderful guy at Lutheran Services (who provided the first dispenser). Found out about this one. I actually sent info to one of moms doctors about it, by request. I think we should share these findings with Drs. who haven't heard about them yet.
You can leave a message for me for more info.
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It would depend on why assist is needed. Is it an issue with memory or cognition? Vision? Fine motor dexterity to deal with pills? There are different solutions depending on the cause of the diffficulty.
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The people who answer questions on this site do not have the authority to order anything. We just share our knowledge. Contact your mother's doctor to have services in the home which can provide nurses who can dispense medication to your mother based on doctor's orders.
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MedMinder is a new "electronic" medication adherence product that might be worth looking into. It has several methods of reminding someone to take their meds and will notify others if there is noncompliance.
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There are machines called telemedicine. A machine is set up in her house and an automated voice will remind her of medicine and text a professional after a few prompts to take the medicine are not followed. A home health nurse or care management provider can direct you how to get one. If you have an IKOR office wher you live they have a vendor but all Home Health care agencies should have telemedicine.
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Is your mother at home? Independent Living? Assisted Living?
My mother is a resident of AL and I pay about $250/mo. to have her meds handed to her. She couldn't seem to remember when or if she took her prescriptions before.
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My wife lives at home. Medication given by me or her caregiver (40 hours average per week). She could never do by herself. In fact, I must watch or she would spit the meds out on occasion.
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The doctor would order this kind of care, so call her MD.
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