If your nursing staff sometimes experience difficulties with patients who refuse to take their prescribed medication, it’s critical that you take action immediately to ensure your patients stay on their meds and remain in good health. Unfortunately, patients refusing medication is not uncommon in nursing homes. This key advice could help your staff overcome the issue swiftly and professionally.
Explain the Importance of Your Patients’ Medications to Them Individually
For elderly patients, your staff may have to carefully explain the purpose and importance of each medication. Have a sit-down session with each patient individually and:
- Discuss the purpose and importance of each individual medication
- Gauge your patients’ comfort levels and try to identify the reason(s) they may be reluctant to take the medication
- Explain potential side effects of skipping doses
Find Discreet and Private Methods of Administering Essential Medications
If patients are uncomfortable taking medication in front of others, even including staff, consider offering more discreet settings for medication administration. These settings could include:
- Private rooms
- Quiet hours
- Time gaps before meals or other social events
If one or more of your nursing home patients have been refusing medication prescribed to them, acting immediately can help preserve their health and keep your facility out of sticky lawsuits. Explaining importance and taking a more discreet approach could help your staff resolve the issue.