Excellent: This machine is a godsend to me. My father was having trouble remembering to take his meds and what to take, now I feel relieved that I can set up 2 weeks at a time for him and he takes the right pills, at the right time, and the right dosage. Where he lives they charge $400.00 plus a month to dispense his meds, so this is very reasonable considering the other option. I have had several people ask about it. I highly recommend this product.J.S. Kokomo, IN
We ordered this product (e-pill Med-Time XL) for my wife's Mom because she has dementia and we were afraid that she was would take the wrong medicine. It works great, she calls it her little drum. F. Rojas
Our Mother has Alzheimer's and she was having trouble with taking her medications correctly. My sister was making 2 trips a day to Mom's house to make sure she had taken her pills, or not taken too many, or taken them too early. We ordered the e-pill dispenser, she has been using it for 2 months and it works great! She gets her pills at the correct time, can only get to the prescribed pills, and cannot get to the next dose until the alarm goes off again to signal it is time to take her pills. It took about 4 days for her to stop saying "what's that noise?" until she learned it was her 'pill thing'. Now she hears the alarm, takes her pills and when she has dumped them in her hand, the alarm stops making noise. In those 2 months we had to move her into assisted living and we wanted her to be accustomed to using the e-pill dispenser. The assisted living place charges $495 a month to dispense medications, but since she can take her own medications now we don't have to pay extra...e-pill paid for itself the first month. Not to mention the peace of mind that we both have that she cannot over or under medicate herself.B.H. (Arizona)
My mother, a sprightly 74 year old was diagnosed with Parkinsonism and Lewy Body dementia in 2000. Initially she managed very well with a weekly filled pill box, taking her pills four times per day.
As with many chronic and degenerative illnesses there are many tablets to take, and there can be problems if they are either not taken or taken late. As time passed she became increasingly anxious and confused about when to take her next pills. She was confused about the time of day, and which section of the pillbox she should open next.
She began to telephone at all hours of the day and night to ask if it was time to take her next pills. Even though a care agency calls on her three times a day, they were not always able to be there at the exact time that the pills were due to be taken, which caused a number of panic attacks as she waited for them to arrive.
I began to worry about her overdosing. I found that pills were going missing from the pill organizer. Several times she took her pills, had a nap, and woke up after an hour or so later and thought it was the next day, and so took the next morning’s dose. I could see that if this continued she would have to go into care or would end up in hospital.
Everyone began to get very stressed. I have a full time job and cannot be with her four times a day, but I could not accept that just because her medication could not be delivered on time she would have to move into a care home.
Although Mum became confused about her pills I felt that she was still able, with a little help, to live in her own home. I needed a pill dispenser which I could fill, and lock and which would automatically dispense the correct dosage on time. I spoke to everyone I thought could help but to no avail. It took me a long time, but eventually I found a supplier who could provide exactly what I was looking for.
When Mum first started to use it I was not sure that she would recognise the alarm or know that she had to tilt the dispenser over to take the pills. It has never been a problem - she leaves it in the hall during the day, and takes it to the bedroom when she goes to bed. She has a bag to carry it in when she goes out to day-care. The staff at day care were delighted with the dispenser as many times she had dropped her pill box and pills had spilt over the floor. I keep a spare internal cassette (Med-Time) tray at my home and fill it up ready to replace her current tray once a week. Having all the pills at my home means that I can know when to order repeat prescriptions.
For the time being Mum is still in her own home. Although there are other problems associated with old age, Parkinsonism and dementia, pills are no longer an issue. The automatic pill dispenser has transformed both Mum’s and my life over the last 8 months. It has become a carer for both Mum, and in a sense, for myself.
My Mom has Alzheimers and I started out with your usual pill container with the Letters on the top S-M-T-W-T-F-S. Well, I could never have pills in two "S" containers or two "T" containers which left me filling the pill containers on Sunday and again on Thursday so she didn't double dose. I would call her in the morning and my brother called her in the evening to remind her to take her pills. Recently I filled Sunday through Wednesday as per usual and my Brother me called Monday evening to say, "there are no pills". Mom says, "you forgot to fill the pill container". This wasn't good so now I was left with driving to her house two times per day and giving her the pills. In between I was searching, trying to figure out what I was going to do. I was thrilled when I found the Automatic Pill Dispenser. It works so slick! It is so easy to program. I program my moms pills for two times per day. Once this was done I didn't have to worry with the timer again except to change the time. I fill the pill container once every two weeks, lock it and forget it. The pill slots hold a good number of pills. Mom has 7 prescription pills besides calcium and D and they fit well, if I place them in just right. My Mom doesn't do well with alarms but there is a ratchet sound that the machine makes when it moves and she hears this and goes and takes her pills. My brother and I still call her twice a day to make sure she has taken her pills. My mother is frail but this machine isn't too heavy for her to tip to get her pills. The Automatic Pill Dispenser is sturdy so she isn't able to break it open and it is so nice to not have to worry about overdose anymore. Now Mom and I can do something beside talk about pills as there is an extra pill case to place pills in ahead so that all you have to do is trade it out. Leslie Pederson (Portland, OR)
e-pill Medication Reminders is Boston based medical device company. Since 1999 e-pill timers, alarm watches, pill boxes with alarms and pill dispensers have helped patients around the world remember to take medications on time (improve medication adherence / patient compliance).