Published: Sep 25, 2012 5:09 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 25, 2012 6:44 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A pill box that talks is the latest device available in Southwest Florida.

Cape Coral resident Linda Kneisler takes blood pressure medication every day, plus vitamins.

"If I don't take them, for three or four days in a row, you feel like you are just completely wiped out. You really can't function," she said.

It's a total of eight pills a day and she uses the pill organizer to stay on track.

"Because sometimes I can't remember, did I take them this morning or not? So I figure I better go the safe way," she said.

Now there's another way and Lee Memorial's home health team hopes it improves the lives of Southwest Florida seniors.

"One of the main reasons that people go back into the hospital is because they have mismanaged their medications," said Cathy Brady the programcoordinator for Lifeline.

Brady gave us a demonstration of the Phillips Medication Dispensing Service. It's the only service with a 98.6% dispensing adherence level among monitored subscribers. It can administer up to six doses a day, holds up to 40 days worth of medication and even works if the power goes out.

"If it's a missed dose, it goes over into the holding bin," she said.

After 90 minutes, a caregiver or relative is contacted if a dose is missed.

"People want to stay at home and they want to be able to take care of their selves.When people start losing control, that's when they start getting unhappy. This would help them maintain control over their medication administration," said Brady.

The cost is $80 to install the machine and an $80 monthly rental fee. For more information, about the Philips Medication Dispensing Service or the Philips Lifeline Service, call (239) 418-2925.