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How can I keep Dad from taking his medication multiple times?

Dad has dementia, lives alone and has my support with carers. He is taking his tablets without remembering and will not accept a locked cabinet in his flat. How do l stop him taking them?
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Sep 21, 2016 - 09:09 AM

There are a number of pill dispensers that will only dispense the pills at a programmed time. One model, though expensive, can notify a third party if a pill has not been taken.


Sep 16, 2016 - 04:09 AM


Well we have a container for my mom which is segmented according to the days of the week. The rule is "Tub To Mouth" which she's able to remember due to routine and a little sticker. This helps a lot for us as she knows if the tub is empty, she's taken it. Refilled at the end of the week. Took a while to get used to the fact that the tablets must not wander around as to prevent them from getting misplaced.

Hope this helps.
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By alfred.satchell on Sep 16, 2016 - 09:10 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

Many thanks for your advice. Will try and see how he gets on.

By debbie.meek on Sep 17, 2016 - 08:24 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

Yes the pill containers stated above worked well for my mother for awhile. You can purchase at a drug store. There's a sleeve for each day, with a compartment for morning, noon, evening, bed. Like I said, it worked for several months, then my mom's dementia progressed and didn't work anymore as she's forget or open different ones on wrong days, etc. When that his stopped working I contacted Home Care and they were had us ask the drug store to blister pack the medications (as opposed to pill bottles) and Home Care would send an LPN 3 times a day to give my mother her meds. This service is free under Alberta Health Services.

By ebony.ivory on Sep 24, 2016 - 03:51 PM | Like (0)  |  Report

These pill containers do not work for my sister because she forgets what day it is and when the current day's pills are gone she just goes into the next day. They don't have the blister pack service here in Washington state. I checked and they only have it for businesses. As for the locking pill containers, does anyone know where to purchase these? I have looked everywhere - local drug stores, online.......

By shirley.vaughn on Sep 25, 2016 - 12:13 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

Look at this to see if might work for you. I have no experience with it, but it is an example of what is available:

By ebony.ivory on Sep 25, 2016 - 03:17 PM | Like (0)  |  Report

Thank you very much, Shirley. I have a couple questions about them, such as - What if the person isn't within earshot of the alarm when it goes off; if the pills don't get removed does it lock again? And - when you set the alarms, do they automatically unlock every day at the specified times? And a couple more......
I have emailed the manufacturer about these questions and hope to hear back.

By shirley.vaughn on Sep 25, 2016 - 05:45 PM | Like (0)  |  Report

Good questions all! Be sure to let us know what you find out.

By stevef15 on Sep 29, 2016 - 05:17 PM | Like (0)  |  Report

I make sure I fill my Moms weekly container (with morning, noon, dinner and bed each day) every Sat or Sun. I make sure that I call her and remind her and I wait on the ohone tilk taken I put the very important ones in morning and bed as I find these times easier to call, as I do work. The whole deal is if you want those affectedkto respond favorably, you need to treat them with dignity and not like a child. Remember their minds forget more recent and back they remember how they should be treated. We haven't gotten to later stages yet. I may have to move her when this happens.

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