This week’s Tuesday Tip comes in response to a question posted on our blog.
“Is a resident with dementia allowed to be retained in an RCFE when she requires her medications to be “fed” to her?”
This is a great question, and common challenge encountered in RCFEs. The short answer, is whether a resident has dementia or not, the same rules of medication assistance apply:
Medications may only be “administered” by the resident himself/herself, or by a licensed medical professional (e.g., RN, LVN, etc.).
Your trained caregivers/medication aides are limited to “assisting with self-administration.” So in this situation, that would mean your staff could pour the medication into a cup or other appropriate utensil, but the resident would have to consume the medication on his/her own.