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5 Advantages of a Secure Medication Dispenser Machine

5 Advantages of a Secure Medication Dispenser Machine

Did you know that nearly 89% of Canadians over the age of 65 take at least one prescription drug? More astoundingly, nearly 60% of seniors between the ages of 65 and 74 take at least five or more drugs, with nearly 21% taking 10 or more drugs! 

Keeping track of the medication schedule with so many different medications can prove extremely challenging even for a full-time caregiver. Relying on your elderly loved one to take the correct medication doses at the right time is even more dangerous as any medication error on their part can result in serious consequences.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 700,000 emergency room visits, 120,000 hospitalizations, and approx. 7000 - 9000 deaths occur each year due to medication errors such as seniors missing their medications, taking the wrong doses, or suffering an adverse reaction from taking the wrong combination of drugs.

These numbers are staggering and yet the number of cases and risks involved with medication errors can be significantly reduced using a secure medication dispenser. How? Well, let’s find out. 

5 Advantages of a Secure Medication Dispenser Machine

A medication dispenser machine offers many advantages for those that have a complicated medication schedule. In order for any medication to be effective, it needs to be consumed at the right time and in the right doses. When taking multiple drugs that need to be taken at different intervals and in different doses things can quickly become confusing. 

This is where automatic pill dispensers come in. This device allows the user to program their medication schedule so that the right medication is dispensed at the right time and in the right doses. 

Let’s take a look at the top 5 advantages of an automatic medication dispenser.

  1. Audible Alarm System & Alerts

Bzz! Bzz! That is the unmistakable sound of the alarm going off on an automatic pill dispensing system signaling its medication time! Some machines even have a flashing light that helps signal when it's time to take medication. A useful feature for seniors that have a hearing impairment. 

An automatic pill dispenser can use alarm alerts to notify your loved ones about their medication up to 4 times per day. 

  1. Tamper-Proof Medication Compartments

Once the medication is placed in each compartment, the device locks eliminating the risk of anyone getting to the pills intentionally or unintentionally. This can help eliminate the risk of improper or unscheduled doses. 

The programmable, automated medication dispenser offered by Northwood Intouch can hold up to 28 doses of medication at a time. This makes this device ideal for those with complex medication regimes. 

  1. Easy To Use, Reliable, & Affordable

Medication dispensing systems such as the ones offered by Northwood Intouch come equipped with a large, easy-to-read display that allows for a quick and seamless setup on a screen that can be viewed from any angle. 

The device is also made to be durable and endlessly reliable as long as it stays plugged in. 

An automated medication dispenser is also affordable, especially with subscription-based models such as the ones offered by Northwood Intouch. 

  1. Reduces The Risk Of Medication Errors

Perhaps the greatest advantage of a secure medication dispenser machine is its ability to virtually eliminate the chances of any medication errors occurring. Having the ability to place the right dose of medication in each compartment and having them dispensed at the appropriate time ensures that your loved one only has access to medications when it is time for them to take them. 

Seniors that struggle with memory can be quite susceptible to overdosing or missing their medications altogether. A secure medication dispenser helps ensure that such mistakes do not happen.

  1. 48-Hour Battery Back-Up

The last thing you want is for a medication dispenser to skip doses of medication as a result of there being no power. This is why the best automatic pill dispensers come with at least 2-days of backup battery power. This gives the user and the caregiver enough time to make alternative arrangements in case they feel that power may be out for more than a couple of days as a result of a storm or other circumstance. 

Who Can Benefit Most From A Medication Dispensing System?

Anyone who  finds it difficult to keep track of their daily routine should have an automatic pill dispensing system to ensure medication adherence.

Healthcare professionals recommend automatic pill dispensers to patients that have cognitive disabilities, experience forgetfulness, and live independently. It is the best way for such individuals to ensure that they don’t miss out on their daily medications.

How Does The Medication Administration Process Work?

Using an automatic medication dispenser is fairly simple and straightforward. First, using a helpful template, fill the unit’s storage compartments with the correct doses of medications. 

The next step involves programming the device to dispense the correct doses at the appropriate times of the day. Once the medication is dispensed the compartments are automatically locked until it's time for the next dose. 

Always remember to be careful and double-check everything when setting up the machine. 

The Best Automatic Medication Dispenser

If you or your loved one is in need of a better medication management system, investing in a pill dispensing system can be the answer. 

With companies such as Northwood Intouch offering affordable monthly rental plans, with no contract terms and no upfront fees, getting an automatic medication dispenser for home use is now easier and more affordable than ever before.

Ready to learn more?? Give us a call today at (902)-492-3346 or 1-800-461-3346 to learn more about what solutions are best suited to your needs.



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