Helping an Older Parent With Medications – Even When You’re Not There

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There is no doubt that taking your prescribed medication is important to your health. This is increasingly difficult though for some patients, such as those with memory problems or dementia. Nick Morella from Hartford HealthCare Independence at Home to take us through something that could actually help you or help your seniors in your life remember to take that medication – it’s called a medication tower. 

Q: How does the medication tower work?
A.
 Medications can be loaded into the medication tower units, then programmed with the times that the medication must be dispensed. It can be programed to dispense for mom or dad, who may want to continue to live at home. The other benefit is that the adult children will receive a notification if the medication has been taken or not.

Q: What happens if the medication isn’t retrieved from the tower?
A.
If the medication dosage is missed, the tower sends out a call to up to four pre-programmed emergency contacts to let them know the a medication has been missed. That way someone can follow up to see if anything is wrong. It may be as simple as the older person was at lunch with a friend – or it could be as serious as the person having fallen.

Q: Why do people choose something like this?
A. 
The medication tower provides that piece of mind and security of being independent at home and being able to have medications administered at the right time, in the correct frequency and in a measured dosage.

For more information, call 1.800.HOME.CARE (1.800.466.3227) visit Hartford HealthCare Independence at Home


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