Approximately 1 in 10 hospital admissions for seniors is related to medication non-adherence. While a multitude of factors contribute to hospitalizations and readmissions, improved medication management can help reduce them. The issue of medication non-adherence spans all age groups, but managing medications can be particularly challenging for those 65 and over. Seniors take more prescription and over-the-counter medications than any other age group, as they have more chronic conditions. Over half of the individuals in this age group take at least three prescription medications and approximately one-third take eight or more medications (prescriptions, non-prescriptions, and/or supplements).
For patients like seniors with complex regimens and trouble remembering to take medications, self-management or simple pillboxes may not suffice. In fact, an independent pilot study found that the group using a pillbox missed an average of 30% of its doses per month versus less than 3% in another group using an automated dispenser with voice-activated messaging. In addition, those who self-administered had no change in physician visits and a significant increase in the number of hospitalizations over the course of the six month study while the automated dispenser group experienced a decrease in physician visits and number of hospitalizations.
Philips Lifeline offers the Philips Medication Dispensing Service (PMD) a trusted and proven solution that supports independent living and provides peace of mind to patients and their caregivers.
Combining an automated medication dispenser with 24-hour monitoring and proactive caregiver alerts, the Philips Medication Dispensing Service (PMD) falls into the Automated Dispenser category. PMD is one of the most flexible systems on the market, able to support even highly complex medication regimens. While monitoring, the dispenser helps individuals avoid errors that could lead to medical complications or unplanned hospitalizations, and gives proactive caregiver alerts and online reporting to facilitate early intervention in the event of a missed dose.Philips Lifeline understands that when it comes to medication adherence it’s important to provide solutions that make it easy for patients to stay on track. Although the technology behind PMD is advanced and can accommodate significant complexity, the system itself is simple and easy for patients to use. Caregivers generally organize and load the medications, which the patient can subsequently access with the press of a button when prompted at scheduled times.
VNAA members can easily offer the PMD to their patients. Contact Dawn Fitzgerald at (508) 207-5975 for more information.