Improving Assisted Living Health
Nurses are the front line providers of care in assisted-living facilities. They are the ones that are dispensing the majority of medications to the elderly residents who are usually taking a significant number of prescriptions at the same time.
This scenario increases the risk of potentially harmful medications being administered as well as harmful drug interactions. Recent research provided insight into the impact that these risks can have on assisted living residents.
The researchers provided “two 4-hour interactive training sessions for nursing staff based on constructive learning theory to recognize potentially harmful medications and corresponding adverse drug events” to one group of nurses and let the other group operate as they always had.
At the end of the study the researchers found the following changes with the residents of the (intervention) educated nurses:
- The mean number of potentially harmful medications decreased;
- Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) declined more slowly;
- Residents of the intervention wards had significantly less hospital days.
Something to consider if you or someone you love is in an assisted-living facility.