Types of Community Care Facilities
Housing arrangements providing non-medical services to seniors are known under several names. The terms used to describe the Residential Assisted Living industry varies from state to state, but it is commonly referred to as “assisted care,” “residential care,” or “assisted living.” Community Care Facilities provide services to vulnerable residents such as frail elderly, developmentally disabled, mentally ill, trouble teens, and others. Small Entrepreneurs to very large corporations own and operate facilities to provide care and services to these individuals.
These businesses maybe private-for-profit or non-profit and may be called by many names including: Assisted Living Facility, Adult Congregate Care, Residential Care, Personal Care Home, Residential Care Facility for the Elderly, Homes for the Aged, Domiciliary Care Homes, Adult Day Care Facility, Adult Residential Facility and others.
RCFs and ALFs form a major component of the nation's long-term care delivery system. The terms most used nationwide are Residential Care Facility and Assisted Living Facility. When used on this website Residential Care Facility (RCF) will basically refer to facilities which provide private rooms, or shared rooms, and community accommodations for dining and living rooms.
Assisted Living Facility (ALF) usually refers to the facilities in which the residents have individual apartments often with a kitchen and living room. Many Assisted Living Facilities have been converted from Retirement Communities due to the resident's "aging in place." Rather than lose these "aging in place residents", the retirement home will obtain a license and make the necessary structural changes needed to provide care services.
Both types of facilities, RCFs and ALFs, can provide the same degree of care services.
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Medication Training Program
Medication training programs are designed to ensure safe and proper handling of medications. Our goal is to ensure quality care.
The medication program must cover both medications that are centrally stored as well as medications that are stored in the residents’ rooms. In both cases the facility must provide a degree of supervision that is legally required to ensure the physician’s orders are adhered to.
Typically assisted living, residential care and group homes are not licensed for, and will not give, any injections or medication the resident cannot self-administer, unless the facility has employed an Appropriately Skilled Professional (ASP) who is licensed or certified to perform these duties in the State and it is allowed by the state-licensing agency to perform those duties in that type of facility.
An individual medication log for each resident is required by law to be maintained. The Medication Manager, with the help of the Designated Medication Assistants, are required to make sure all medications are logged on either the Centrally Stored Medication Record (Form) (Hand Written Version) OR the Centrally Stored Medication Label Record (Label Version) (see Centrally Stored Medication Record) types of forms.
All medicine in the facility, including over-the-counter medicines are required to be kept under lock and key. They will be kept in the locked cabinet in the Med Room, or in the resident’s room in a locked box or drawer (if allowed by their doctor), and made inaccessible to other residents and unauthorized personnel.
In order to ensure that quality standards are maintained, all staff handling medications shall complete the facility’s Medication Training Program. The Medication Training Program includes the facility’s policies and procedures for medication handling and safety information.
Once the Medication Training Program has been completed, staff must demonstrate they have the knowledge and skills to handle medications to their supervisor. Once successfully demonstrated, the Designated Medication Manager can record the successfully trained Medication Assistant on the List of Approved Medication Assistants.
The 9 Main Sections of the Medication Training Program are:
Also See: Medication Aide Training Manual
The Medication Assistant will need to read, and be personally assessed by the Designated Med Manager, on all the subjects contained in each of the 9 sections.
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