Last time I checked, my grandfather was on a medication regimen that required him to take almost 18 pills at multiple times throughout the day. Having survived multiple heart attacks, diabetes, and a pacemaker with a short life expectancy, he’s our own version of The Six Million Dollar Man. My grandmother, at 78, has been his primary caregiver for almost 60 years.
Our family has had growing concerns for some time over the effectiveness of my grandparent’s situation when it comes to managing their health. They still live at home on their own. I’ve seen my grandmother struggle with her arthritic fingers to cut pills in half. I’ve also seen my grandfather, who happens to be blind in one eye, bring a medication bottle up to about 2 inches from his face to pull pills out of a bottle.
Medication errors, like taking the wrong medication or taking too much, have become become a hot topic as of late. I recently learned about PillPack through an ad on Facebook. Launched in 2014 as a startup, PillPack is a full-service pharmacy that personalizes medication management by organizing all of your pills into packs by time and date. To sign up, all you have to do is visit their website and provide a list of medications and who is filling them. PillPack coordinates the rest.
PillPack currently is not licensed to ship to Puerto Rico, so I cannot immediately try the service with my grandparents. Yet, I found a lot of inspiration in what the company has done. The creators of PillPack found a problem and actualized a really smart, simple solution. Luckily for my grandparents, they have five kids and almost 11 grandkids who have managed to somehow figure it out in the meantime. As a professional in health communications, sometime it’s the simple things that hit close to home and remind you why the work you do is so important.
Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored or endorsed by PillPack. Thoughts and opinions stated here are of my own.