Medication Management

Most residents in aged care facilities take several prescribed medications at the same time. This can lead to adverse drug reactions, and over time, due to the aging process, they can develop increased sensitivity to certain drugs. 

It is vital to monitor medication use. 

Quality Aged Care Services in conjunction with pharmacy supply provide a medicine management program to assist administration, monitoring, education and best practice procedures of handling medicine.

Major benefits to the facility include: 

RMMR's for ALL residents
  • Facility specific accreditation advice
  • Maximised ACFI funding
Industry-wide geographical audits and comparisons. 
  • Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMR's) Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMR's)

    Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMR's)

    RMMR's undertaken by an accredited pharmacist are comprehensive assessments of appropriateness of medication regimes, their handling and storage, and resident's knowledge and uderstanding of their medication. 

    RMMR's are used to enhance the quality of medical care provided and minimise any possible adverse effects of some medicines. For residents this leads to peace of mind knowing that the medications they are taking are best for their needs. 

  • Best Practice Communication Best Practice Communication

    Best Practice Communication

    For the best resident outcomes, we adopt a collaborative approach sharing recommendations from the review process with the: 

    • Medical Practitioner
    • Quality Pharmacy pharmacist
    • Quality Aged Care Services allied health professionals
    • Appropriate facility staff

     

    Quality Aged Care Services will conduct RMMR's on all residents every two years or earlier if requested by their Medical Practitioner. 

  • Individual, Multi-Site & Industry Wide Audits Individual, Multi-Site & Industry Wide Audits

    Individual, Multi-Site & Industry Wide Audits

    Information is critical in monitoring the use of medicines. In line with Quality Use of Medicine standards set by the Federal Government and our considerable investment in technology and data capture we provide best practice structured reports to analyse medicine use. 

    The reports show medicine use for each individual resident as well as a consolidation of data for medicine use across a site or in the case of a multi-site facility, across the entire group. In addition we also compare and evaluate your medicine usage against the many aged care facilities serviced by the Quality Pharmacy Group network. 

    Our comprehensive reporting systems provide a medication management profile of your facility and recommendations that can help prevent medication related problems. 

    The reports are also a great point of reference for identifying opportunities to improve resident care and wellbeing. They play an important role in developing staff trainig plans that suit the particular needs of a facility and their residents. 

  • Regular Reviews Regular Reviews

    Regular Reviews

    Best practice communication cannot be achieved without regular reviews. Quality Aged Care Services conduct structured Medication Administration Committees every quarter to discuss current accreditation issues, quality control, and provide assistance with funding applications and ongoing medication management. 

Benefits for residents include:
Benefits to the facility include:
  • A comprehensive assessment of medicines to identify, resolve and prevent medication related problems. 

  • Assurance for residents and their families that their medication regime is regularly reviewed and reported on through a collaborative review involving the Medical Practitioner, the Quality Pharmacy pharmacist, allied health professionals and appropriate facility staff. 
  • Improved resident care and medication safety through an efficient, transparent and collaborative review process. 

  • Structured medicine use audits in accordance with Quality Use of Medicine standards. 
  • Best practice process in relation to medical supply and administration. 
  • Practical, interactive and informative staff education programs tailored to the needs of your staff and residents. 
  • Maximising ACFI funding by ensuring correct diagnoses into patient care plans. 

 

Regular reporting, quarterly meetings and individual audits involving the Medical Practitioner, Quality Pharmacy pharmacist, allied health professionals and facility staff make the management of medicines easier and most importantly, more secure.