Providing quality care to ensure the well-being of patients is the main objective of every care home. However, complications in medication administration and special care required for differently-abled patients and patients suffering from disorders such as dementia present a host of challenges.
Here we discuss 4 common challenges that caregivers face:
1. Patients with severe diseases/conditions
Taking care of differently-abled patients and patients affected by dementia and other severe diseases is one of the biggest challenges for caregivers. Unlike other patients, they have problems with mobility and understanding speech. Therefore, caregivers must be extra cautious while providing special care for them.
2. Providing personal care to patients
Caregivers have to spend countless hours documenting medication of each patient using MAR (Medication Administration Record) charts. This makes it challenging for them to devote time to the patients to connect better with them and provide personal care.
The inefficiency involved in administering medication using MAR charts makes it challenging for caregivers to effectively manage time. As a result, care workers have a poor working experience which, in turn, lowers performance and increases the risks of medication errors (which leads us to the next point).
4. Medication errors
Medication errors not only hamper the health of patients but also lower the credibility of care homes. Medication errors occur in the following areas:
- Prescribing the medication; writing the prescription
- Giving wrong medication
- Wrong dosage of medication
- Medication given in the wrong time
- Documenting medication administration
- Reporting medication administration
- Keeping records of medication administration.
Streamline medication administration and lower the risk of medication errors in your care home using electronic medication administration record
Electronic MAR (eMAR), a smart alternative to conventional MAR charts, helps you improve operational efficiency in your care home by streamlining medication administration.
It works as an App on tablets and Android smartphones and is the right solution for care homes where compliance and security are paramount.
Features such as recording care workers’ notes, medication dosage alerts, integration with pharmacy, and easy-to-use interface make eMAR a better and smarter alternative to conventional MAR charts.
Eliminate the inconvenience of working with paper-based documents in your care home using electronic medical records software. Learn more about electronic MAR at https://www.electronicmar.co.uk/emar/.