Forgetting to Take Those Medications

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Mar 03, 2013


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What happens when you reach that point in life where you are required to take medications daily but can't seem to remember to do so? It might be time for an Automatic Medication Dispenser.
What is this you might ask?
Automatic Medication Dispensers are medical devices that can be programmed to organize and remind you when and what medications to take. They come in a variety of sizes to accommodate those who take few medications daily and those whose medication list never seems to stops growing. You can program the device with morning, afternoon and night reminders; many have flashing lights, audio alarms, and buzzing vibrations for those who are hard of hearing. At the set time the device will alert you and then dispense the appropriate medications. Most of these devices are programmed and monitored by your registered nurse (RN) or other assistant providers.
What are the benefits of having one?
- Set it and forget it. Once the device is set for the week there is no more worrying about taking the right pills at the right time
- Convenience. Having all your medications stored in one secure place
- No cost! That's right; many home health care companies provide this service free of charge while using their services.
- Reduces the risk of forgetting to take your medication or taking the wrong medication at the wrong time.
- Medication Protection. The devices typically have locks on them so that your medications don't go missing.
Automatic Medication dispensers are great for anyone who struggles to remember to take their medications or who is maybe struggling to remember things in general!
Editors Note: This article was submitted by Adrienne Sirstins, with Midas Creek Home Health and may be reached at 801.302.8526 or by email at

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