Med-E-Lert is a round plastic device that's been designed to help users take both prescription and non-prescription pills at the correct times of the day. Each device consists of 28 compartments that are labeled with dates, and each one comes with extra dosing rings so you can also label the compartments with times, if necessary. It's specified that when it's time for you to take a particular pill, this battery-operated device will give you an audio alert and a visual alert so that you won't forget.
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Once you've obtained a Med-E-Lert device, it'll be time to fill its compartments with pills that you take regularly, in accordance with the days on which you take them. Each compartment will be labeled with a particular day of the week, via the device's dosing ring, and will hold up to nine pills at once. If you take multiple doses of a particular medication within a single day, you'll also be able to add an extra dosing ring that's labeled with times, such as morning, evening, and noon.
When you're finished adding your prescription pills (and non-prescription pills, if applicable), to this device, you'll have to digitally program it to alert you when it's time to take the medication. You'll need to consult your instruction manual to determine the exact process, but it's stated that programming each alert will only require you to press three buttons on the front of the device. Keep in mind that these alerts won't work if the device doesn't contain batteries, so you must make sure you've inserted the included ones in the back before you start the programming process.
After you've programmed your Med-E-Lert with the appropriate alerts, fully close its transparent lid so that no compartment is left exposed. You can also lock the device by using the gold-colored mechanism on the back, which means that no one will be able to access it when a pill isn't needed. Finally, you should store your device in a cool, dry place that's accessible to you but out of the reach of any children who may be around.
If you've programmed your Med-E-Lert properly, it'll give you both an audio alert and a visual alert when it's time to take each pill in the container. When it comes time to take your first pill, you should hear a loud beeping noise and see the red light on the front of the device flashing. Following that, the device will sense your motion when you pick it up and tip it in order to dispense the appropriate pill into one hand. Only then will it turn off both the audio and visual alarms, which can serve as a signal to you that you should close the device again. Whenever it's time to take a different pill or another dose of the same one, the alarms will go off again, as long as the batteries still contain enough power.
The Med-E-Lert pill dispenser is just about the same size as a portable bathroom scale or a traditional wall clock, so most users will be able to carry theirs in one hand without struggling. Plus, each one won't take up much storage space in your bedroom or bathroom, and if you want to bring yours with you on a trip, it'll likely fit in your suitcase or overnight bag. If you bring this dispenser with you whenever you leave home for more than a couple of hours, you should never miss a dose of your essential medications.
The digital display panel that you'll use to program your medication alerts, which will also serve as a digital clock for you to use, will contain large, bold numbers. Aside from being large and bold, the numbers on each device's panel are black, against a light gray background, so even if you have vision issues, you likely won't have trouble reading them.
Along the same lines, if you have hearing difficulties, you shouldn't have difficulty hearing the loud noise that will come from your device when it's time for your next pill. In fact, you should be able to hear it even when you're in a different room, on the other side of your home. If you miss the noise for some reason, though, and you're sitting or standing near your pill dispenser, you'll be able to see its boldly flashing red LED light that acts as a visual alert.
Since each compartment in each Med-E-Lert device will hold up to nine pills at a time, the device will be able to hold up to 252 pills in total at once. Exactly how many it will hold will depend on the size and shape of your pills. Regardless of how many pills are inside your dispenser, the tool will be able to alert you that it's time to take a pill at up to six different times per day.
While many battery-operated devices don't come with the appropriate batteries these days, and thereby require users to go out and acquire them on their own, this device comes with a set of four AA batteries. Therefore, you'll be able to insert these in the back of the dispenser and get started with it immediately, without making a trip to the store or putting in an online battery order. You will have to provide any replacement sets of batteries yourself, but your original set may end up lasting for weeks.
This device is an ideal one for seniors to use as their memory begins to fade a bit, and they start losing track of whether they've taken their important prescriptions or not. If you've got an aging parent, you may want to give them one of these dispensers as a gift so that you don't have to remind them to take their pills. Similarly, extremely busy people who may have trouble keeping track of all their responsibilities may also benefit from using a medication dispenser with an alert system like this one.
If you're a parent or a grandparent who takes multiple medications, one of your main worries may be that the children you take care of will somehow get into them. Fortunately, if you use a Med-E-Lert device to dispense them, you'll be able to lock the device when you're not using it. Young children probably won't be able to figure out how to unlock it, so even if they shake the device in fun, it's unlikely that they'll get their hands on a capsule or tablet.
Once you start making use of your Med-E-Lert, it follows that you won't be storing your capsules and tablets in their bottles any longer, or looking at them as often. Nonetheless, you should still hang onto all your prescription bottles and keep them in a safe location, as they typically contain important information such as the prescription number and your doctor's name. Furthermore, if your dispensing device malfunctions and needs to be reprogrammed, you'll still have the correct dosage information for each drug.
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I am a caretaker for a 85 year old woman who has low vision. This pillbox dispenser has been a great alternative for her. It has a reminder notification that beeps pretty loudly along with a red light that flashes for the visually impaired. It does not turn off until it has been turned upside down, which ensures that all medication has been dispensed. I like that the medication does not get mixed up when it is turned upside down, even the small pills remain in place.
The only downside is that it has a 1 year warranty and at about the 2, 2.5 years mark, the machine starts giving ERR messages that are not fixed with the replacement of batteries or testing or cleaning. I would recommend to get a backup pill dispenser at about the 1.5 year Mark to avoid any interruptions.
Overall, a great alternative to using in place of the standard manual pillbox or the pill pack. The person taking the medication can't mix up the day and night pills, because they are securely locked in place. If medication changes after a doctor's visit, all you need to do is unlock it and adjust. No need to contact your pharmacy to get all new pill pack. It is a great product, just wished it lasted longer.
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