Medication Management for Cognitive-Linguistic Rehabilitation
Medication management therapy task for rehabilitation therapists including fake prescription labels, blank tracking docs, and 21 pictures of pill boxes.
Every year, nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days, a costly reality viewed by many policymakers as symptomatic of a failing U.S. health care system. (Jencks et al 2009)
Medication management is at the core of advanced discharge planning and transitional care (Greenwald et al, 2007).
More post-discharge adverse events are related to drugs than other causes (Foster et al, 2003) and lack of adherence to medications prescribed at discharge has been shown to be a driver of post-discharge adverse drug events (Schnipper et al, 2006).
A 2011 Commonwealth Fund review of similar evidence found that “...medication compliance is critical for discharged patients to remain stable at home, and hospitals have been working hard to improve their medication education and reconciliation approaches.” (Silow-Carroll et al, 2011)
Statistics show that the elderly spend approximately $10 billion each year on drugs and nearly 25% of elderly residents take eight or more drugs. “The broad spectrum of residents, coupled with their varying levels of medication use and now [varying regulatory requirements] can make managing medication… a very confusing and conflicting task,” said Carla Saxton, assistant director of policy and advocacy for American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Alexandria, Virginia (Strong Medicine from Assisted Living, April, 2006).
Rehabilitation therapists are in a unique position to improve the accuracy of patients’ independent medication management before discharging from a hospital. As specialists in cognitive-linguistic rehabilitation, they are able to provide individualized therapy plans to address this critical skill. They are able to specifically adapt each therapy plan to the individual needs that may differ with patients who have survived traumatic brain injuries, strokes, or other neurologically-related injuries.
Medication management training is one of the most powerful ways speech-language pathologists can assist patients with increasing independence, reducing reliance on caregivers, and reducing the risk of readmission to the hospital after rehabilitation.
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This medication management digital download contains:
- 2 medication management therapy tasks
- Medication management scenario questions
- Pictures of 21 different types of pill dispensers/boxes
- 2x/day blank medication management spreadsheet
- 3x/day blank medication management spreadsheet
- 5 fake prescription labels to print and attach to pill bottles
What you will need to use this resource:
- Prescription bottles (a variety is best; with both child-safety caps and non-child-safety caps)
- Beads or buttons that look like pills (see photo below for inspiration)
- Pill boxes/dispensers
- Therapy Insights offers a comprehensive medication management kit complete with fake pills, prescription vials, and AM/PM pill box.
- Plastic Prescription Vials/bottles 24 Pack W/caps Child Resistant Push Down and Turn 16 Dram Size
- Plastic Vials with Snap Cap 40 Dram - 12 Per Bag
- Ezy Dose AM/PM Push Button Pill Planner (XL) (This is the one featured in the video).
- Yookat 7 Days Pill Organizer Medicine Organizer with 7 Compartments, 4-Cell Tablet
- Pill Organizer Box Weekly Case with Pill Splitter Cutter
- MEDca Weekly Pill Organizer, Twice-a-Day
- 7-Day Pill Organizer, Extra Large
- Borin-Halbich The 7Pack® 7 Day 3 Compartment Pill Organizer
- Ezy Dose Locking Pill Planner
- 7 Day Push Button Weekly Pill Organizer
- Apex 7-day Mediplanner Pill Organizer
Thinking Outside the Pillbox: Improving Medication Adherence and Reducing Readmissions, a report by the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation
My Personal Medication Record, a free resource provided by the AARP
Tech specs: Digital download (1.5 MB). PDF format. 29 pages, 8.5x11 inches.