Pill Organizers for
Daily, Weekly and Monthly Use
People use pill organizers for a variety of reasons. Whether it is to help them take vitamins or prescription medication, pill organizers help them know if they've missed any pills over the course of a day, week or month.
Those buying a pill organizer may be purchasing it for themselves or for an elderly love one who needs help remembering to take their medication. Medication organizers help the patient whether or not they are taking prescription medication or vitamins. Some pill organizers are color-coded for morning and evening pills. Often they have braille for blind patients and some even have special compartments for insulin and syringes for diabetic patients. There are pill organizers with audible alerts to help patients remember to take their medication.
Some weekly and monthly pill organizers have individual daily compartments that can be filled at the start of the week and then each compartment taken with the patient each day. Med Sun has a weekly organizer with daily compartments which are broken into four different dosages for the day. These are for morning, noon, evening and bedtime medications. The Apex Pocket Med Pack has individual pill boxes with morning and evening doses that are rounded and fit well in a pocket without being uncomfortable.
When looking for a daily pill organizer one should consider whether they need multiple dosage compartments, or if having all of the pills in one compartment is acceptable. Whether they need multiple compartments or not, most all of the daily pill organizers make it convenient to load a week's worth of pills at one time. Most distinguish each day of the week by different colored pill boxes. Some, however, simply have seven slots for the seven daily pill boxes.
While some weekly pill organizers can be broken down into seven individual days most contain a week's worth of pills in one box not intended for carrying around in a pocket. The EZY Dose Jumbo Weekly Pill Reminder has extra large compartments for daily doses but does not break down each day into individual morning and evening pills. The Duro-Med Weekly Pill Organizer has a box for each day and individual compartments for morning, noon, evening and bedtime pills.
Like the daily pill organizers, the weekly organizers make it easy to load a week's worth of pills at one time. When purchasing a weekly pill organizer one should consider how many pills need to go into each compartment. While some organizers have compartments much larger than most people will ever need, there are others with compartments which are too small to hold more than just a couple of pills.
Pill Organizers: Monthly
There are two main types of monthly pill organizers: those which have four weekly compartments and those which have 31 daily compartments. The ones with four weekly compartments only add up to 28 days worth of pills. This is convenient because it is four rows of pills which is nice and even. The problem is that the user cannot number the boxes to coincide with the date. But monthly pill organizers which have 31 pill compartments allow the patient to load a month's worth of pills and know whether they've taken their pills for a certain day of the month. A monthly pill organizer is most helpful to someone who is managing prescription medication for a loved one. They are able to load enough pills for an entire month, or at least four weeks, at one time.
The MedCenter 31 Day Organizer has daily pill boxes which have a number printed on each end. Each daily box has individual compartments for morning, noon, evening and bedtime pills. On the end of the daily pill box there is a numerical date. Each end also has a green or red sticker. The green end of the daily pill box sticks out of the organizer to let the user know they have not taken that day's pills. When the box is replaced in the monthly organizer it can be place so that the red end is showing. This lets the patient know that that day's worth of pills have already been taken.
Pill Organizers: Purchasing
Basic pill organizers can be bought at local pharmacies and discount stores. The biggest local selection can be found at a medical supply store in town. There are many places online which sell pill organizers, but the majority only sell organizers from one or two companies. Amazon has the largest selection and variety of daily, weekly and monthly pill organizers. While some can cost more than $30, most cost fewer than $10. A few dollars seems like a reasonable investment to help one remember to take their prescription medication or daily vitamins.
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