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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions. However, you might still find the answer you’ve been searching for down below.

04th January 2021

How can you ensure someone is self-managing their medication adequately in community care?

What can you do to ensure a person is managing their self-medication in community care?



Many thanks for your question. Assessing someone’s mental capacity is an important part of care planning and risk assessing. With regards to medication and self-management, the person must have the capacity to remember to take the correct medication via the right route, at the right time and the right dose. They must also have the physical capacity to open bottles/ medication packaging and to see what medication they require.  If someone has been assessed as having the capacity to self-manage, It’s important care staff continuously assess capacity, monitoring for any signs of changes, for example, forgetfulness, medication being left out and not taken, medication stock building up and not being used, so encourage staff to keep an eye on how much medication is left.  Where staff are having to remind a service user to take medication this moves from fully self-managed and will need to be documented.  NICE guidance has information on medication management and self-management that might be helpful.

*All information is correct at the time of publishing.

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For Sheila Scott OBE as the former CEO of National Care Association (NCA), care is Sheila's life. She possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business, and as a leader in the care sector.

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