Pill organizers can be lifesavers for seniors and their families who worry about the possibility of medication mishaps. Bloomfield Township live-in care experts suggest using these tips to choose the perfect pill organizer to fit your senior loved one’s needs.
Decide on the Time Schedule
You can find pill organizers ranging from small boxes that sort only the pills your loved one needs for a day to ones that will let you set it up for an entire month. A daily pill organizer is ideal for seniors with short-term medication needs or those who will be briefly traveling away from home. However, most people find organizing pills by the week or month provides the best and most consistent results.
Check for Ease of Opening
Seniors often lack the manual dexterity needed to pry off tightly closed lids, and they may not be able to get their fingers into tight spaces to retrieve pills. When choosing a non-electronic organizer, make sure the lid stays on well enough to keep the pills from falling out but also is simple enough for your loved one to open. Automatic dispensing units are best for seniors who have difficulty opening most containers.
Enhance Memory with Alarms
Forgotten pills are one of the most common types of medication mishaps, but modern technology has reduced the risk of missing medications. Seniors who have memory loss can benefit from having a pill organizer that sounds an alarm when it is time for their next dose. You can also find organizers that flash lights to alert your loved one when it’s time to take his or her medication.
Find One with a Record Keeping Function
In-home caregivers can use medication logs to communicate with you regarding your loved one’s medications. Some pill organizers take this one step further by maintaining an electronic record of when each dose was dispensed. If you prefer a less high-tech method of recordkeeping, you can also choose an organizer that allows your loved one or his or her Bloomfield Township home caregiver the opportunity to flip a color-coded tile every time a dose is administered.
If your loved one needs help managing his or her medications, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can provide timely medication reminders, and they can also assist with a wide variety of additional daily tasks. For more information on the senior home care Bloomfield Township families trust and rely on, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 248.283.0835 to schedule a free in-home consultation.