Chapter 2: Keeping medications straight

Medication packaging

I was grateful for those blister packs because toward the end, I was so distraught and tired; the last thing I wanted to worry about was getting Amneet’s (my wife’s) medication mixed up.

Medication packaging to stay organized

There are different types of pill packaging and storage systems available. These systems can help busy caregivers stay organized. Below are three different packaging forms. Roll your mouse over each one to learn more about it.

Blister packs



Usually used for pills, they “pop-out” of a clear, plastic case sealed to a sheet of thin cardboard.


Dosette boxes



Refillable hard plastic containers that can be prefilled for 7 or 14 days.  Some allow for four doses per day.


Automatic dispensers



Portable devices controlled by battery or electricity that allow you to organize pills by date and time. Some have alarms or use technology to inform a distant caregiver if medications are missed.