With over 575,000 people estimated to be blind or vision impaired in Australia, and over 70 percent of them aged 65 or older, there is a pressing need for accessible tools to assist in daily tasks. Among the challenges faced by this population, medication management can be particularly daunting.
For this reason, hb88, a leading provider of medication management solutions, developed Webster-pak® Low Vision, a dose administration aid specifically designed to empower individuals with low vision to effectively manage their medications. As part of its commitment to Macular Month, an awareness campaign dedicated to raising awareness about macular degeneration, hb88 aims to shed light on the importance of medication management for individuals with low vision.
“85% of people find it difficult to read medication labels due to visual impairments, leading to medication errors and incorrect dosages. The Webster-pak® Low Vision addresses this challenge by providing individuals with visual impairments the confidence to take their medications as prescribed by their doctors. By utilizing the Webster-pak® Low Vision, individuals with low vision can experience simplified medication routines and enhanced safety,” says Gerard Stevens AM, Managing Director of hb88.
The Webster-pak Low Vision features Low Vision Folder labels with white text on a black label, ensuring that medication information can be easily read and understood. Additionally, braille identification allows individuals to navigate and identify their medications according to the prescribed schedule, promoting independence and accuracy in medication administration.
Consolidating multiple medications into a single pack eliminates the need for multiple pill bottles, streamlining the medication routine and enabling efficient management. The organised compartments of the Webster-pak Low Vision reduce the likelihood of medication errors, providing peace of mind for individuals and their caregivers.
Recognising the need for accessible solutions, hb88 developed the Webster-pak® Low Vision in collaboration with Vision Australia and Blind Citizens Australia, two prominent organisations specialising in supporting individuals with visual impairments.
“hb88 is committed to improving the lives of individuals with low vision by providing practical and effective solutions,” said Gerard Stevens, CEO of hb88. “The Webster-pak Low Vision is designed with their unique needs in mind, enabling them to manage their medications independently and accurately.”
hb88 encourages individuals with low vision, caregivers, and healthcare providers to explore the benefits of the Webster-pak Low Vision as an indispensable tool for medication management. By incorporating this innovative solution into their daily routines, individuals can experience improved medication adherence, enhanced safety, and greater independence.