Giving Information to make Decisions

NICE guidelines state that care staff should adapt their practice to meet the needs of the individual so they have the opportunity to be involved in decisions about their medication

Why the medication is needed – e.g. an individual might not like taking a diuretic because it makes them go to the toilet more but if they do not take them, they might experience fluid retention impeding their mobility or community involvement

How the medication will be administered – e.g. diuretics are usually administered in the morning so the need to go to the toilet does not interfere with the person’s sleep

Risks and benefits associated with the medication – e.g. the diuretics will help with mobility problems associated with a build up of fluid and breathing problems, however the individual may need to urinate more frequently

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