Making care safer: Improving medication safety for people in care homes: Thoughts and experiences from carers and relatives (UK)

3 Oct 2011

This report collects together the testimony given by family and carers of people living in a care home, specifically around issues of medication safety.

Three day-long focus groups were held in 2010, in Manchester, Birmingham and London. In total 26 people attended the events. Members of the group also shared testimony they had collected from fellow carers.

The issues and potential solutions raised by the groups are presented in this report under four main headings:

  • communication and information sharing
  • prescribing and administration of medication
  • staff development and support
  • advocacy and rights.

Health Foundation (2011). Making care safer: Improving medication safety for people in care homes: Thoughts and experiences from carers and relatives. London: Health Foundation.

The report is available to read in free full text at:http://www.health.org.uk/publications/making-care-safer/

Last updated 31/01/2012