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Yes -- Non-complance, or in simplier terms, not taking meds on time or correctly is one of the major reasons an older adult will lose their independance and end up under institutional care. Non-compliance with meds is also one of the most vexing, difficult and stressful problems for a family care giver to deal with and manage, especially if that caregiver lives a distance away.
Forgetting to take medication happens to all of us from time to time. However, when an older adults is taking five or more medications, this juggling act may need support and some sort of reminder. There are several ways to address this problem.
1. simple alarms, vibrating watches, and medication organizers can be found at www.epill.com
2. MedSignals has a great box, a swiss army knife of an alarmed pill box that also keeps track on-line of when a medication lid is opened, giving the remote caregiver some feedback to compliance without nagging their parent. https://www.medsignals.com
3. There are good automated phone reminders such as OnTime RX http://www.ontimerx.com
4. There are serious monitored pill boxes available from http://www.managemypills.com/content/ ( Philips Lifeline products)
5. If none of these solutions seem to fill the bill in your particular situation -- then look to a professional caregiver's organization in your area that can advise you plus set-up your loved one up with regular home visits to check on their medication complance.
The situation with the story above is not an unusual occurance -- However, if you are a caregiver to a parent or relative and have access to a computer , you can find advice and products to help you manage this frustrating problem with your loved one. And Importantly -- don't forget to talk to your loved one and tell them of your concern and involve them in the decision making therefore helping themselves solve the situation and manage the pill -taking daily routine better.
If you join an online service you can set up and monitor the medications that your parents are taking. Can they read, use a computer? If so they can mark off the medications they take every time. You will be able to monitor it from any internet source for about $10 a month, check out www.AFHMasterForms.com for more information.