Assisting with medication self-administration is where a caregiver can aid an individual who is capable of knowing which medications to take but needs some help in taking their medications.  There are specific abilities a caregiver must be able to perform and include:

  • Ability to read and understand a prescription label.
  • Ability to assist with oral (mouth), topical (skin), ophthalmic (eye), otic (ear) nasal (nose), and inhaled forms of medications.
  • Be able to measure liquid medications, break scored tablets, or crush tablets as directed.
  • Be able to recognize when to clarify an “as needed” prescription order.
  • Recognize an order that requires judgment or discretion.
  • Safely store medications.
  • Complete a medication observation record or other required documentation.
  • Recognize general signs of adverse reactions to medications and report such reactions.