“I can’t remember if I took my [fill in the blank with a prescription drug name] this morning, so I just took it.” Have you ever heard this from your loved one and shuddered with fear that he might have taken a double dose? The last time I visited my pharmacy I learned it’s offering a new service to seniors to help prevent confusion about what to take and when. So I whipped out my phone, took these pictures, and decided to share what I learned.
A company called Omnicell produces SureMed, a cardboard card with plastic shells for inserting pills. What makes it special is that your loved one’s pharmacist fills the shells with his prescription and over-the-counter medications, on either a weekly or monthly basis. With experts counting out and filling the shells with the correct meds, your loved one is more likely to take what he’s supposed to take and in the proper dosages. As you can see, the shells specify the day and time of day to take the medication (morning, afternoon, evening, etc.).
According to the folks at my pharmacy, only independent pharmacies are offering this service. There’s small charge for it ($2.50/week at my pharmacy).
If you’re wondering whether indy pharmacies are paying me to blog for them (I’ve written a couple of blogs about the services they offer), they’re not! I’ve simply found that they provide a number of services unique to seniors that will benefit your loved one and help you care for him.
On an unrelated note, a big thanks to all of you who contacted me after my last post expressing concern about my family emergency. My younger brother had a heart attack August 16, and Mom and I rushed to Richmond, Virginia to be with him and his wife. He’s doing well thanks to the marvelous people in the cardiac cath lab at St. Mary’s Hospital. He goes back to work today and starts cardiac rehab this week.