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Pharmacist creates box to help elderly organise their meds

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-11-07 11:51

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Vanessa noted that some of her older clients, who visit the pharmacy regularly to get their continuous medication, had some difficulties. The number of medications taken daily by the elderly varies from four to more than 20. They take meds to control blood pressure, diabetes, heart, depression, etc. This can be overwhelming.

“Their questions were always the same and showed that they needed help every time they came up with a new prescription. So, I realised that something practical and simple was needed to help them not be confused with so many medications. I was concerned about these people and so I thought what could be done to improve their lives until I found a simple, inexpensive, and practical way to solve it,” she explained.

So Vanessa came up with a simple solution: she used a shoebox to create a box that organises the medications with practical guidance of schedules, dosage and separation of the meds. The pharmacist also uses colourful sings and other drawings to help the patient identify the schedule and dosage of each pill.

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Vanessa Regiane Elias Halasi Moreira, from Brazil, is a pharmacist. Because she noted that some of her older clients had troubled with their medication, she came up with a solution.

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