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Polypharmacy and Implications for Seniors

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Polypharmacy and Implications for Seniors
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Course Information:
  • Online Training Course
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Reasons Why Polypharmacy Occurs
  • How to Limit the Negative Effects
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Polypharmacy and Implications for Seniors Info:

Course Description

Assisted Living residents often take multiple medications for various medical conditions, complications and diseases. Polypharmacy occurs when a resident has an adverse reaction to negative interactions between two or more medications that have been prescribed to them, often times from multiple physicians. The problem is that the varying medical professionals providing care and services do not communicate with each other regarding prescribed medications. This course will take a closer look at polypharmacy, what causes it, what we can look for to help prevent it and what we can do to limit the negative effects it could have on our residents. This course will take a closer look at polypharmacy, what causes it, what we can look for to help prevent it and what we can do to limit the negative effects it could have on our residents.

Course Objectives

    By the end of this course participants will be able to:
  • 1. Describe at least 5 reasons why Polypharmacy occurs
  • 2. List at least 3 changes in condition to look for that may be caused by Polypharmacy
  • 3. Identify at least 2 changes in mood or demeanor that could be signs of Polypharmacy in our residents
  • 4. Describe 3 ways that we, as caregivers and administrators, can communicate with the residents pharmacist(s) and doctor(s) to help prevent polypharmacy.
  • 5. Explain 2 ways we can communicate with the resident that will prevent polypharmacy.


Course Outcomes

    "Hour One
  • 1. Introduction
  • a. Polypharmacy caused by drug interactions
  • b. Description of Polypharmacy
  • c. Numeric effect of Polypharmacy
  • 2. Why Does Polypharmacy Occur?
  • a. Physical changes in elderly persons
  • b. Impaired organ function
  • i. Metabolism
  • ii. Effects on water-soluble drugs
  • iii. Effects on fat-soluble drugs
  • c. Interaction of multiple medications
  • d. “The prescribing cascade”
  • i. One drug prescribed to offset effects of another
  • ii. Cyclical effect
  • e. Multiple prescribing physicians
  • i. Dentist
  • ii. Medical doctor
  • iii. Therapist
  • iv. Other
  • f. Lack of communication between resident and physician
  • g. Multiple pharmacies
  • i. Medical coverage
  • ii. Convenience
  • iii. Lack of communication
  • h. Residents take an average of 6 to 10 medications daily
  • i. Prescription
  • ii. OTC
  • iii. Graph
  • 3. What Do We Watch For?
  • a. Changes in cognition
  • i. While taking current medications
  • ii. Especially after medication change
  • b. Changes in physical status
  • i. Bowel habits
  • ii. Appetite
  • iii. Sleep patterns
  • c. Changes in mood
  • i. Agitation
  • ii. Depression
  • iii. Any changes that are out of character
  • 4. What Can We Do?
  • a. Observe for changes in the resident’s baseline
  • b. Communication with medical professionals
  • i. Send a comprehensive list of medications with the resident
  • ii. Verify that the list is received
  • c. Encourage use of one (1) pharmacy
  • i. New prescriptions
  • ii. Refills
  • iii. Tell the resident why this is beneficial
  • d. Over the counter medications
  • i. Communicate with the pharmacy about OTC’s the resident is taking
  • ii. Remind resident to not take OTC’s without doctor approval
  • e. Medication sharing
  • i. Residents medication should never be given to another resident
  • ii. Remind residents to never take another residents medications
  • f. Pharmacy consultant review
  • g. Always notify the pharmacy of any changes
  • 5. Conclusion
  • a. Health and well being of our residents
  • b. Attention to detail, especially in regards to medications
  • c. Physician partners


Instructor: Josh Allen, RN

Josh Allen is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in senior living. As the Director of InTouch at Home, Josh oversees all aspects of business development, care, services, and operations for the organization. As a part of the SRG Senior Living family of companies, InTouch at Home delivers personalized care and services to clients living in senior living communities as well as private residences across three states. Josh also serves on the board of the American Assisted Living Nurses Association, and represents AALNA on the boards of the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living and Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations. Josh has previously served as President and CEO of Care and Compliance Group, a leading training solutions provider.

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