Sheila will try to answer as many of your English Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.
What do I need to put in place for self-medicating resident?
We had a new lady move into our residential home. She made the decision to move alone and has total capacity, she also wishes to self-medicate. I have received confirmation from her GP and signature that she does have full capacity. We have purchased a lockable medicine box for her bedroom, from our pharmacy. We have listed all medication and done an audit which we will do every month, more frequent if we have any concerns. The resident has also signed a form confirming her capacity, is there anything else we need to put in place?
Thank you for your question.
I think that there is one more thing. You need to be sure that you have a self-medication policy. If you are a customer of QCS then there is a policy covering self-medication within the section on medication.
If you are not a customer, then you must put a policy in place if you don't already have one and make sure that all your staff are aware of the policy.
You are clearly aware that you need to keep under review through audit the needs of the service user in case there are any changes either temporary or permanent.
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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.