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My sister, in her early 70's, has been diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer's.
She used to use a pill caddy, but she would miss days, and at other times, she would overdose. My Niece works as a social worker at a local hospital. She basically tends to the medicine care. We have tried two different auto Med dispensers. Both of them seems to have a dependability issues, as hardly a two week span that goes by with it malfunctioning. My question, IS there bullet proof (meaning dependable) med dispenser out there?

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Just because your sister has Alzheimer's doesn't mean she's stupid.

When she decides that her dispenser is wrong she'll use her 70 years of experience to beat it into submission.

I lived through several years of that with my mother.

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Unfortunately my wife is residing in long term care due to Alzheimer's fortunately the RN's dispense her meds.

I get my meds in a bubble pack from the drug store but even then I do forget to take mine on occasion.

It will fall to the caregiver to make sure the meds are taken correctly.
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It will fall to the caregiver to make sure the meds are taken correctly.
And that's where it gets tricky (pun intended).
How much independence do we take from someone just to make us feel better?

Most of us would rather die doing something we love than being spoon feed in a cage.
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When she decides that her dispenser is wrong she'll use her 70 years of experience to beat it into submission.

She is very timid. The beating it into submission would fall under my personality, And I'm sure in time, I will.
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My mother-in-law had Alzheimer's - she also had severe pain issues that the doctor prescribed morphine patches to regulate. Father-in-law was pretty useless when it came to taking care of her and she ended up having a stroke. When they got to the emergency room the staff found a total of 26 morphine patches on her - apparently she would feel a twinge of pain and add another patch.

It's hard to admit that you, or a loved one, cannot safely administer medication, but the alternative is not pretty. I only hope that if I ever get to that point that I will be wise enough to recognize it, and accept that I need help.

Watching a family member die the slow death that is Alzheimer's is the hardest thing I have ever done - both in-laws succumbed to it, and it devastated my wife. My mother-in-law's sister also passed away from Alzeimer's - and that scares the crap out of my wife...

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My wife's father had Alzheimer's and it forced us to remove him from our home, as he became belligerent and was just as strong as I was at the time.

Unfortunately, the care home was inferior and they allowed him to end up with a urinary infection, which killed him.

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And that's where it gets tricky (pun intended).
How much independence do we take from someone just to make us feel better?

You actually think it makes me feel better to have her in LTC?

Most of us would rather die doing something we love than being spoon feed in a cage.
Certainly your right but Alzheimer's doesn't give one the choice, it is 3 to 30 years after diagnosis, safely in a long term care center or being frozen to death after becoming lost in the outside world. How does the caregiver feel then? not very well I should think, that is if they do have the well being of their charge in mind.

You think I enjoy having her in the home, I am unable to look after her, sure if money is no object one can hire all kinds of help but usually that's not the case.

I visit pretty well every day for an hour or so, I know when I look in her eyes she looks at me an I am sure she wonders who I am but I know who she is.

In the past 3 years I have taken 1 week off to attend the last NASR rally other than that I stay close to home, maybe I should visit less, I don't know, I do know if I don't visit she is always on my mind.

I have known her for 57 years and been married for 51.

The medical staff do what they can to make sure of their health, I am called any time there is any changes, the recreational staff and volunteers are tremendous and have many programs to try and keep them interested.
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You actually think it makes me feel better to have her in LTC?
My siblings and me agonized over that after our father passed away.
Mother was definitely happier alone in her home than in a Care Home.
She lived in a small town so when she went to the store at 2AM only to find it closed and headed home in the wrong direction a local would either take her home or call one of us to pick her up.

Okay enough crying for me today.

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My siblings and me agonized over that after our father passed away.
Mother was definitely happier alone in her home than in a Care Home.
She lived in a small town so when she went to the store at 2AM only to find it closed and headed home in the wrong direction a local would either take her home or call one of us to pick her up.

Okay enough crying for me today.
After my Sisters second "Getting lost" driving episode (one time ending up 2 hours from home), That's when I took her keys away & had her Dr. fill out a form the Sec of State to pull her drivers license.

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