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Medication Management Roles in Assisted Living

Journal Article Training & Advanced Roles
February 1, 2014

Residents in assisted living frequently need assistance with medication management. This study explores medication management in assisted living and the role of direct care workers as medication aides, which is a cost-effective staffing approach that is used frequently. The sample included 112 participants representing all parties involved in medication administration in 15 assisted living settings in four states.


Key Takeaways

Medicaid management in assisted living includes a range of roles and perspectives.
Direct care workers can successfully take on advanced roles as medication aides.
This research shows the importance of a supportive work environment for medication aides in assisted living.
Contributing Authors
Suzanne K. Sikma, Heather M. Young, Susan Reinhard, Donna J. Munroe, Juliana Cartwright, Glenise McKenzie

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