Studies report a reduction in inappropriate polypharmacy, errors, and cost achieved by pharmacist input in care homes. In addition, a pharmacist can identify gaps and lead on targeted actions in key therapeutic areas to support the provision of high quality care and safety for care home residents.
The National Care Forum is an organisation that aims to support and promote high quality care in not-for profit care facilities. They have put together a number of free resources to help with medication safety, including practical tools and guides for use by patients, staff and employers.
Care homes' use of medicines study: prevalence, causes and potential harm of medication errors in care homes for older people
This important, large study of care home residents identified a high incidence of medication errors in care home residents and explores underlying reasons and potential solutions for these.
Safety of medicines in the care home was a cross-sector partnership project, funded by the Department of Health, which aimed to improve the medicines pathway for residents in care homes.