Medication Management for Older Adult Clients
The management of
medications for older adults in long-term care facilities presents unique
challenges and calls for a dynamic process of ongoing assessment, transitions,
and shifting care. Polypharmacy is common for nursing
home residents and frequently related to both increased adverse drug reactions
and a risk of inappropriate prescribing.
Additionally, the management of these medication regimens is complicated
by the frail population’s vulnerability to both errors and adverse drug
reactions related to functional health and individual responses.
The purpose of this
evidence-based guideline is to improve medication management practices for
older adults who reside in long-term care facilities. The goals of this guideline include reducing
inappropriate prescribing, decreasing polypharmacy, avoiding adverse events,
and maintaining function.
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