Monday, April 10, 2017

Reminder Rosie - Medicine Adherence

Nearly two-thirds of Americans who take medication do not take their medication in adherence with their doctor’s orders. It may not seem like a big deal, but non-adherence can result in some seriously undesirable outcomes. According to the Case Management Society of America, medication non-adherence was the fourth leading cause of death in the United States in 2006 at 125,000 deaths per year. Non-adherence to medication, especially for those with chronic conditions, is becoming an epidemic. For some people, it is simply impossible to remember to take their medication all the time. As those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or any other condition that affects cognitive abilities grow older, it is often inevitable that their condition worsens as well. Slowing this process can be done through medication, but only if it is taken properly. Many with these conditions cannot afford in-home nursing or caregivers to ensure they take their medicine, so they resort to nursing homes, giving up their independence. However, if you or a loved suffer from a memory impairing condition, or are just a forgetful person, there may be some hope after all.

Reminder Rosie is a simple, easy to use, memory aid device. It can be set with up to 25 reminders per day, and each one is recorded in your, a friend’s, or loved one’s voice. For the memory impaired, this can be a soothing experience to hear a message along the lines of, “Good morning, Mom! Don’t forget to take 2 blue pills this morning, I love you!”  In a study done by the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre, 86% of participants achieved an adherence rate of at least 80%. The study also found a decrease in time per day spent on medications by 10-30 minutes per day. 9% of participants were able to discharge their weekly nurse, saving them valuable money. Reminder Rosie is completely voice activated and easy to use, so there are no buttons to push or fancy programming required. Reminder Rosie is a simple solution to reduce nursing costs and time spent on medication, and to improve independence, overall health, and quality of life. 

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