1. Expert Q&A: Living well as a carer - Thurs 29 August, 3-4pm

    As a carer for a person living with dementia, the needs of the person you care for will often come before your own. You may experience a range of difficult emotions and you may not have the time to do all the things you need to do. Caring can have a big impact on both your mental and physical health, as well as your overall wellbeing.

    Angelo, our Knowledge Officer (Wellbeing) is our expert on this topic. He will be here to answer your questions on Thursday 29 August between 3-4pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. stockport1965

    stockport1965 Registered User

    Sep 27, 2016
    132
    stockport
    Dad is struggling to remember to give Mum her correct pills at the correct time.

    I phoned the local chemist and they said that if Mum meets the criteria, she can have her pills in a dosset box. We need to fill in a form.

    Once they receive the form, do they then prescribe all the pills immediately?
     
  2. love.dad.but..

    love.dad.but.. Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    4,380
    Kent
    When I had to do this at short notice as a live in carer was starting, the form had to go to the pharmacist via the GP then each week I returned the empty one and collected the new filled sealed one. It cost me £1 a week to the pharmacist.
     
  3. cragmaid

    cragmaid Registered User

    Oct 18, 2010
    7,963
    North East England
    My Mum had her meds prescribed like this by her GP. They were issued in weekly boxes by her local pharmacy and came in four time sections. Morning, Lunch or noon, Afternoon and Bedtime. I think it took a couple of weeks post prescription to organise.
     
  4. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,640
    Female
    London
    You had to pay for a dossette box? Why? Here it's filled in automatically by the chemist, every four weeks I get four disposable boxes for OH with his repeat prescriptions in it. I never had to fill in a form.
     
  5. love.dad.but..

    love.dad.but.. Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    4,380
    Kent
    Dad lived in a village the nearest large supermarket pharmacy didn't offer dossett filling service so village pharmacy only option and their policy was to charge £1 each time for the service so no choice but to pay.
     
  6. Missie 1956

    Missie 1956 Registered User

    Oct 24, 2016
    33
    I didnt fill forms in either nor pay a charge. Just collect every four weeks from local Chemist. Doctor suggested and arranged it
     
  7. Not so Rosy

    Not so Rosy Registered User

    Nov 30, 2013
    580
    No charge at either of my local village pharmacies (Boots), they also delivered the meds free.
     
  8. love.dad.but..

    love.dad.but.. Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    4,380
    Kent
    Not that it matters now but just wondering...Dads dossett box had a selophane ceiling that had to be punctured to access each timed dose ...a requirement of the care company and only the pharmacy dossett box was approved by the pharmacy...I was not allowed to provide it...those of you that weren't charged were your dossett boxes the same sealed versions. The village pharmacy that was my only option was an independent one maybe that made the difference in charging policy.
     
  9. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,640
    Female
    London
    Yes, ours are disposable plastic ones with a sealing you have to puncture.
     
  10. love.dad.but..

    love.dad.but.. Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    4,380
    Kent
    Thanks Beate...oh well! Didn't have much choice at the time and dossett box always collected from nice pharmacist wearing his £1 weekly smile. Dad was in a care home 6 weeks later as the live in care was shocking so not much money wasted.
     
  11. Jessbow

    Jessbow Registered User

    depends how big a supply you have at home to an extent. The will start from the next prescription, so if you have just had a month's supply ordinarily packed, they wont reissue it in dosett boxes until they receive the next 'script from

    the GP
     
  12. LynneMcV

    LynneMcV Volunteer Moderator

    May 9, 2012
    3,467
    south-east London
    #12 LynneMcV, Oct 27, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2016
    The pharmacist suggested my husband should have one of their dosset boxes when I was collecting his meds one week.

    Hubby doesn't have a lot of meds and I was doing fine making up my own dosset box for him - although it was a pain having to remember to renew on time as some meds were given for three months while others were prescribed for a few weeks at a time.

    Anyway, I rang the GP and asked for hubby's meds to be given by dosset box via the chemist and within a few days I had 4 weeks' worth delivered to my door at no charge (even though I'd already got plenty at home at that point) I didn't ask for home delivery but this particular pharmacist seems to do deliveries automatically for anyone receiving dosset boxes.

    I must say, a few months along and I am really grateful for the regular deliveries - one less thing to worry about. :)
     
  13. stockport1965

    stockport1965 Registered User

    Sep 27, 2016
    132
    stockport
    The thing is she doesn't get all the pills at the same time. Some have run out some haven't, it's no wonder Dad is getting confused/

    Thanks for all the replies. I will get it sorted on Monday when i am visiting.
     
  14. DeniseCS

    DeniseCS Registered User

    Nov 12, 2016
    2
    While it was expensive (around £80 I think) I bought an electronic doset box that you programme to the times you need & it flashes/beeps & moves to dispense only the tablets for that time. Obvs you have to fill it & this needs to be every 1-4 weeks depending on how many times a day tablets are taken, but if you can do this it may help your parents. Hope this helps.
     
  15. Peirre

    Peirre Registered User

    Aug 26, 2015
    160
    I believe you mean a pivotell dispenser http://www.pivotell.co.uk/Medication+Dispensers+and+Accessories/0_CAAA001.htm these can be supplied FOC by the LA as part of the OT assessment. We where provided with the "advanced" version FOC along with a memory clock and big button telephone
     
  16. Bunpoots

    Bunpoots Registered User

    Apr 1, 2016
    2,839
    Nottinghamshire
    After a disastrous incidents with pharmacy dosette boxes we found this https://www.amazon.co.uk/LiveFine-Automatic-Dispenser-Electronic-Medication-Clear/dp/B00FL620B0 which has been brilliant.

    Dad got very confused with the pharmacy boxes and still forgot to take his pills regularly but this had an annoying alarm which keeps going for 30 minutes or until he tips the pills into his hand

    We got the one with the opaque lid as we thought the clear one might confuse him if he could see the other pills.
     

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