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Medications are a substance that is given to help prevent signs or symptoms, improve quality of life and prevent the need for surgery.  They must be given in the correct manner.  It is important to ensure that the correct person receives the medication, it is the correct medication, at the correct dose.

Some forms of medications can be:

  • Prescription only medications
  • Herbal medications
  • Over the counter medications

All medications need to be given with dignity and confidentiality at a time that meets the prescription but also that works well with the person.  For example, Insulin has to be given at the correct time but it can be given in the privacy of their room rather than in a dining room.

Medications can be in different forms:

  • Tablets
  • Powders
  • Injections
  • In a food 
  • In gas form