Storage of Medication within Domiciliary Care Settings

  • Medication is the property of the individual therefore in their own home they can choose how it is stored. However we would offer advice if medication was not being stored in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Risk assessments indicate the level of support required, some individuals may need guidance and support in safe storage of medication
  • There are no specific requirements for controlled drugs in a domiciliary care setting. Because of the potential for abuse or misuser clients should be encouraged to take sensible precautions to ensure controlled drugs are nor misplaced or stolen

So that the products are not damaged, good practice is to store medication:

  • Away from heat, dampness and light sources e.g. not in kitchens, bathrooms or windowsills
  • Some medication may need to be stored in the fridge
  • In a place where they cannot be mixed up with other people’s medication
  • In a place where it cannot be stolen
  • Where they do not pose a risk to anyone such as children or the client themselves if they could overdose
  • In hygienic conditions
  • Not beyond their expiry day

Medicines need to be stored in the right place. The following places are not suitable locations:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Toilets, sluices
  • Windowsills or areas next to heaters.

Use to answer question 13.5v of the Care Certificate

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