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Managing medicines in care homes
The quality standard for managing medicines in care homes is made up of 6 statements that describe high‑quality care for children, young people and adults living in care homes. These statements set out the quality of care you should receive.
1. People who move into a care home (either for the first time or moving back after a hospital stay) have their medicines carefully recorded by the care home on the day that they move.
2. People who move into or from a care home have an accurate and complete summary of their details and care, including detailed information about their current medicines, sent from their previous place of care to their new place of care so that they can safely continue with their treatment.
3. People who live in care homes are given support to take and look after their own medicines if they want to, unless they have had an assessment that shows it might not be possible or safe.
4. People who live in care homes have accurate and complete information given to them and to the care home staff about any new medicines they are prescribed. This should include information about how and when their medicines should be used, and any checks that should happen.
5. People who live in care homes have their medicines reviewed by a team of people who look after their health and social care to check for any problems.
6. Adults who live in care homes who may not be able to make decisions about their treatment and care may need to be given their medicines without them knowing (known as 'covert administration'), for example hidden in their food or drink. Care home staff should have a meeting with healthcare professionals and family members to discuss this and agree whether it is the best option for the person. If it is agreed, a plan should be made after the meeting to make sure it is done safely and reviewed regularly to check if it should continue.