Concern over funding gap’s effect on care homes’ medicines management

Nearly half of Brits are concerned the funding gap for UK care homes will result in a poorer quality of medicine management (46 per cent), according to a new report.

A quarter of the respondents, who have an elderly relative in a care home, also worry about them being given the wrong medicine (26 per cent) and how this could impact on their health, while 36 per cent cited accurate medicine management as a priority when choosing a care home for the first time.

Well Careplus, which manages medication in more than 500 care homes, asked 2,000 adults about the concerns they have for their elderly relatives, as it launches its medicine management system – the Well Pad.

Respondents said they ‘dread the thought’ of their relative being given the wrong medicine, demonstrating a need for an improvement in the system and closer monitoring.

Shiraz Khan

Shiraz Khan

Shiraz Khan, head of Careplus customer experience for Well, said: “With effective medicine management being at the core of the Well Careplus service, the results of this research exemplifies the need for innovation in the field.

“One respondent in particular said their relative had been given the wrong medication, which caused an allergic reaction – something which simply shouldn’t happen in UK care homes.”

The report follows an evaluation of the Well Pad’s technology by the School of Pharmacy at Cardiff University, which found 21 out of 23 types of errors, relating to medicine management, could be avoided with the use of the Well Pad.

The technology was found to reduce: overstocking of medicines, returned medicine wastage, missing medication administration entries on the residents’ records and almost all participating care homes said they would not wish to return to paper based systems.

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