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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.
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.
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.
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Sheila Scott OBE has now retired and therefore is no longer available to answer your social care questions.
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