Pill Pouch

Do you or does someone you love take too many Pills? Confused? The Pill Pouch helps!

What's the big idea?

The idea was realized to help Kathi Sitek, the sole care giver for her 90 year old mother Stella and Stella remove the stress and confusion of managing Stella’s 8 medications.  Kathi decided to take a sample of each of Stella’s pills, tape them to the left side of a piece of card board and write the pertinent information to the right.  This reduced Stella’s confusion and empowered her to manage her pills.  She used it as a daily reference when taking her pills and as a weekly guide when setting up her Mon to Sun pill box.  She also took it as a companion during routine doctor visits.

Describe the nearest player in your field.

Print outs of the medications are given by some pharmacies but they do not include the visual sample of the pill which is critical.  Also there are high end devices that dispense the pills to a schedule.  These are expensive and complex to set up.

How are you different from that player?

The pill pouch includes a visual sample of each pill so that the individual or caregiver can visually identify which pill is which.  Also the Pill Pouch is significantly cheaper, portable and simple to set up.  Where the dispensing machines cost 100s of dollars, are not portable and are complex.

How's the world different with your idea in it?

The Pill Pouch empowers individuals to age in place by giving them a tool to take control of their medication therapies.  This improves their health and reduces cost of care.  Medication non-adherence leads to 10% of all hospital & 25% of all nursing home admissions & costs ~$300 billion per year.

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This idea was funded by Start Garden staff endorsement on April 11, 2013.