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Is it an unacceptable practice to expect night staff to administer drugs to all of the residents in one section of a care home?

Is is an unacceptable practice to expect night staff to give drugs to all of the residents in one large section of a care home (19 residents) from 6 am, which involves waking the residents? These are not drugs that need to be taken prior to breakfast.

Dear Bryan,

Thank you for your question.

I believe that because you have asked the question that you know that this is an unacceptable practice.

The care for people living in a care home should be person centred, not staff centred.

The practice of expecting the night staff to give drugs to all of the residents in one large section of a care home at 6am is undoubtedly for the benefit of the day staff and not for the benefit of the service users and is a form of institutionalised care.

I don’t know what your position in the home is but you might consider discussing the practice at one of the supervisions that you should be having regularly.

I am pleased that you have raised the issue and hope there will be a successful outcome.

Best wishes.

Sheila


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Sheila Scott OBE from 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.

Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.







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