Medication management is an important part of the services offered by assisted living and residential care providers. When you and your staff are overseeing resident’s medications, the security and storage of the drugs is one of your greatest concerns. Our clients often ask how to determine the need for central storage, and who may make this determination. Fortunately this is clearly addressed in California RCFE Regulation 87465.
(1) Medications shall be centrally stored under the following circumstances:
(A) The preservation of medicines requires refrigeration, if the resident has no private refrigerator.
(B) Any medication is determined by the physician to be hazardous if kept in the personal possession of the person for whom it was prescribed.
(C) Because of potential dangers related to the medication itself, or due to physical arrangements in the facility and the condition or the habits of other persons in the facility, the medications are determined by either a physician, the administrator, or Department to be a safety hazard to others.