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Medelert

  • What does it do?:

    It alerts you when it's time to take your medication. It has an intelligent sensor that prevents you from overdosing.

  • What’s the problem?:

    Remembering to take the right amount of medication at the right time. 

  • What our testers liked:

    It dispenses pills automatically, which means even if you are caring for someone you don't have to be around all the time.
    It helps prevent overdosing
    It stores 28 doses
    It can dispense from 1 to 4 times a day

     

     

  • What our testers disliked:

    You might not hear the alert if you're hard of hearing. 

    The visual alert (a flashing LED light) it's not visible, unless you're in the dark or looking directly at it. 

  • What is interesting:
  • It reminds you to take your medication but prevents you from overdosing.
  • What our testers said:

    "All in all, a great success!"

    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS AND SET UP

    Be prepared to cut the product out of the packaging (manufacturer is looking at easy open boxes as alternative)

    Has batteries included (good!)

    Nice secure plastic shell packaging, with batteries provided.

    Pill box entirely visible to consumer.

    Plastic needed to be cut off, leaving very sharp edges and a certain amount of

    force required to then open out to remove the container so risk of

    cutting fingers and some strength required- not for the infirm or

    confused.

     

    Contained instructions, hard plastic pill container and small key,

    warranty and 4 circular bits of paper-more about them later

     

    Once the batteries (4) were inserted, the first instructions were to

    gently press the button to open the box. After all sorts of pressing

    and poking, I realised the key was used underneath the lock, then it

    opened relatively easily but the instructions didn't mention anything

    about the key until the last page, where it told you to lock the

    container

     

    The time can be set either 24 hr clock or 12 hour however, it took me

    ages to work out how to do this, despite the instructions looking

    straightforward. The alarms, 4 in possible total are set, as is the

    time, by a combination of three buttons. This I found quite hard to set

    up as the instructions and the actions/results seemed at odds.

     

    There are 28 spaces for tablets and with a central circular bit of

    paper, made with 3 tabs to keep in place, marking the day and dose

    number. The circular bits of paper didn't fit too well but when the lid

    was closed, were quite adequate. They were the guides for the timing of

    the tablet 'gate' opening- 1x, 2x, 3x or 4x daily. so the box can

    either last 28 days with one dispensing daily or as little as a week,

    with 4x dispensing, an alarm ringing when the outer portion of the

    container rotates, at the time chosen, to expose the small tray with

    the tablets so only one tray out of the 28 with whichever tablets, is

    available at a time.

     

    The alarm is not particularly loud but very annoying! so not easily

    ignored. Anyone short of hearing might struggle a bit unless the tone

    was at a level that hearing-impaired could registeR.

     

    Once the tray is tilted, the tablets drop out and the alarm stops.

     

    Mum is still coming to terms with it. She doesn't particularly like it

    as it removes a bit of independence and the carers can't see if the

    previous day's tablets have been taken, unlike with the usual weekly

    pill trays.

    Mum struggled to understand she had to tilt it- anything

    novel is a struggle to comprehend, but there is no chance of her

    overdosing as the box is very robust. However, in common with a lot of

    old ladies, she has osteoporosis and the tablets for that- AdCal- are

    large- about the size of an Extre Strong Mint, for lack of another

    description. I don't know if this is a common medicine for the

    condition but as osteoporosis is so prevalent, I'd imagine it is so

    that causes a problem. I guess I could half them and set the alarm for

    very slightly after the first, to make it easier Any normal sized

    tablet would be fine as the individual tray would hold loads.

     

    In short- robust, tamper-proof gadget, does what it says,

    awkward to set up, would need to be done by carer and once the person

    was used to it, would be very useful. Instructions could do with re-

    jigging.

     

    AFTER FIRST USE

    I think we've got the feel for the pill container now.

    The idea is great- no meddling with meds, only the correct amount

    dispensed, no chance of confusing other days' tablets with today's

    as only one section opens at a time, tamperproof and needs a bit of savvy/luck/almost force to open the thing up to refill.

    However, has to be said that mum hates it, doesn't seem to hear the alarm, struggles to remember how to actually tip the thing to get

    the tablets out and feels it's an invasion into her privacy/comment

    about her inability to manage meds by herself. The carers don't like it

    much either, as they don't seem to be able to tell if she's had the

    tablets or not though this may just be an awkward carer as why should this have been different from her weekly strip box? I've altered the alarm

    time to make it go off/open when the first carer arrives instead of at

    the time when mum said she originally took them so that should help a

    bit.  I think, as with all things regarding Alzheimers and change, it

    takes ages for the person to get used to something new- maybe a couple

    months instead of a couple hours for most people. I suppose that makes

    testing awkward to determine. From my point of view, I like the thing. It

    means  I can know that all meds are there for her, that she can't overdose though of course. she may be underdosing but that could have

    happened before, and I can plan her meds quite far in advance, knowing what needs ordered.

     

    IN USE

    The Medibox is now considered a great success from both mum's and the

    carers' point of view!  They like the controlability and dependability

    of the medicating .

     

    So, all in all, it is a great success. Good to hear about another key,

    should the one be lost, and the flimsy paper insets with the days or

    portion of days, is not a problem as they are within the unit and not

    subject to wear. I'd also amend the comment about the size of the

    individual pill compartments: tablets the size of 'Extra Strong Mints'

    fit without a problem.

     

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    "I don't like this product and I wouldn't recommend it."

    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS AND SET UP

    The Packaging must be cut open with scissors, and the plastic has sharp edges . It would be much better if it was in a box.

     

    On the packaging it says " easy to set up" but it took me and other two people to figure out how it worked.

     

    Also on the packaging it says : "clean the interior with  a damp cloth or sponge, but the compartments are too small, it would be impossible.

     

    The product is round ( very little grip)  and the surface is smooth, and it slips away from your hands. The opening is also awkward and during the first testing the product fell on the floor. If there were pills in it, they would have gone all over the floor. A partially sighted person would find the opening of the product difficult and tricky.

     

    I found the compartments for the pills too small. If I had to take more than 4 pills a day there might not be enough space. I also found that small pills like "Simvastatin tabs 10mg " floated internally and I didn't know where they came from.

     

    Placing the internal tray back in the shell, it slipped twice. I think the product could be bigger, with better grip.

     

    AFTER FIRST USE

    The alarm is not loud enough. I couldn't hear it if I had the TV or the radio on, and the flashing light is so small that unless you are looking directly at the product top you won't be able to see it.

     

    I found the compartments still to small and the opening very awkward. I don't like this product and I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Manufacturer:

    Tabtime

  • Approximate cost: £65

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