The modern pill dispenser is much more than a little plastic box labeled Monday through Friday. Thanks to technology, automatic pill dispensers are sophisticated tools that can email caregivers and page patients with reminders to take medication at prescribed times.
There are different kinds of systems. Some are wristwatches that sound an alarm or vibrate at various times throughout the day. The software in the device can be programmed with the patient's name, the doctor's name, and other information.
The pager-type devices are great for seniors who want to stay in their home and just need a little help remembering to take medication. They're also great for children who take medication. The vibration feature is discrete and will remind them to see the nurse at designated times for meds.
If you want a solution that actually dispenses medication, there is an option for that as well. Some pill dispensers allow for remote monitoring by caregivers. The system has to be set up in advance, but it will give a monthly report that can be reviewed by the physician. There are enough options available to make sure you never forget pills again.