The government funded medication management program that assists consumers and Aged care residents in reviewing their medication will on longer be available every 12 months. Instead Medicines will be reviewed every 2 years. Changes started in March. http://5cpa.com.au/programs/medication-management-initiatives/
Many organisations are concerned about the changes as this will put aged care residents at risk. There have been many incidents where aged care residents have been on unnecessary medications, including painkillers.
In fact because there is a high risk of this happening, medications should be reviewed every 6 months. Aged Care residents use a high amount of medications and reviewing medication every 2 years is negligent. It is unbelievable that the Government will put vulnerable people at risk.
Now that these changes have been put in place here are some tips in ensuring that medication is managed appropriately especially for Aged Care residents.
1. Always thoroughly check what medication and how much is listed on the invoice/bill and question the pharmacy and the facility
2. Every 3 – 6 months try to make a time with the pharmacist to discuss and review the medicines that are listed or given to the resident
3. If a meeting is set up to review a resident’s care plan that medication is discussed during the meeting
4. Always inform the GP of any concerns you have with medicines
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