Cell phones are just about in everyone's pocket or purse these days. So is the fact that many of us take prescription medications. Remembering what you take and when you are supposed to take it can be a challenge. We have all met with a health care professional other than our primary doctor that presented us with a questionnaire that required us to list the medications and vitamins we take. This problem can be compounded several fold when we are providing care to a parent or older loved one.
My solution: I take a picture with my cell phone of every medication I take. These pictures are stored in a folder on my cellphone. This way, I can instantly recall the medication, the dosage, the pharmacy and refill information.
Better yet, there are now several cell phone applications that will take this a few steps further. I am using an application on my iPhone called CareZone. It is published by AARP. I simply take a picture of each prescription. It converts this information into a detailed list, and sets reminders for me to take this medication at the proper times. I can instantly print or email a complete list to anyone who needs this information. It also allows me to print a wallet sized card with everything on it.
I can recall the many times I accompanied my parents to health care appointments, and had to sit down an update a handwritten list. At one point, my father was taking 11 different drugs each day. Something like this would have incredibly beneficial.
Certainly, privacy is a concern. I have suggested to the manufacturer that a password protection would improve this program. Regardless, my phone already has protection build in.
This is just another way that your cell phone can help you to keep track or our increasingly complex lives. In upcoming weeks, we will look at some uses for cell phones.