According to Age UK, in England more than one in 10 people who are aged 65 and over take at least eight different prescribed medications every week. This increases to one in four for those people aged 85 and over.
Many older people may struggle to manage their medications alone. Some may forget to take medications, if, for example, they are living with dementia. Or they may simply not be managing to take them at the right time. If you live alone, getting to the pharmacy may be difficult. For those taking multiple medications it may be confusing as to which to take at the right time. Also, a lack of mobility and independence impact a person’s ability to manage medication.
There are many health issues that can arise from not taking medication as instructed. You may miss the best window of time to take your medication. For example, if you have asthma not using your inhaler when needed may mean you cannot prevent irritated airways. If you do not finish a dose of antibiotics, it may not necessarily treat the infection, or it may come back. For those taking anti-depressants you may experience withdrawal effects, like anxiety if not taken on time.
A dosette box is a compact plastic box with different compartments for storing medication for different times of the day, and days of the week. Here we explore what is a dosette box used for and how they can be used to effectively manage medication.