A: Chapter Overview

This chapter covers reading and interpreting medication labels, understanding physician’s orders, and recording assistance with medications.

In an assisted living facility, assistance with prescription medications can be provided to residents with a doctor’s order. One this assistance is provided, it is the caregiver’s responsibility to keep a record of the assistance. This chapter will review different prescription labels and medication record keeping. By the end of this chapter, caregivers should be able to:

  • Understand how to read a prescription label.
  • Recognize the need to clarify “as needed” prescription orders.
  • Recognize a medication order that requires your judgement, and know to advise the resident, resident’s health care provider or facility employer that you cannot assist in following such orders.
  • Complete a medication observation record (MOR).