Mary: Organising and storing medicines – Storing medicines using dose aids

Listen to patients and health professionals speak about their experience with taking multiple medicines.

Age at interview: 66
Number of medicines: 8
Cultural background: Anglo-Australian

Having a Webster-pak has made an enormous difference to Mary. She is less likely to forget to take her medicines or become confused.

Oh, it's made a lot of difference, for the fact is that it doesn't let me forget and doesn't … it's got it written down, you know, what I'm supposed to take and also with the Webster-pak … the roll, it gives you the quantity you have to take at the particular time and I reckon that's great, because sometimes I used to forget to ... I'd say, ‘Oh, I need to take so many ...’, but then I forget. 

But with the Webster-pak, I reckon it's great. I reckon it's the best thing out. Should have had that years ago, I reckon … What’s there to say? That it's all written down for you. It describes what the tablet is, what the shape is and what the colour is … it tells you there on it. Like, there's one tablet that I take which is a capsule and it says brown and yellow, which it is … brown and yellow. It tells you how many to take and how many quantity there is and what else in the medication itself. Like, the tablet might be 100 and the other one might be 80, but my Diabex is a 1000 and it tells you on the Webster-pak exactly what's there anyway. The Webster-pak is very informative, I reckon.

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The Living with multiple medicines project was developed in collaboration with Healthtalk Australia.