Homely remedies guide: for local adaption to fit within individual care home medication policies.
There are many times at which a resident may develop a minor ailment that needs to be treated. It is important that staff are able to respond in a timely way and help the resident to feel well. Many people living in their own home purchase remedies from the chemist or the local shop and generally do this without involving the GP. Pharmacists will also provide advice on the best treatment and give advice on its use.
What is a homely remedy?
For people living in a care setting, which is their own home, we now refer to this approach as using homely remedies. A homely remedy is a medicinal preparation used to treat minor ailments; it is purchased over the counter and does not require a prescription. These homely remedy products are kept in the home to allow access to products that would commonly be available in any household.
It is good practice on admission to discuss health needs and medicines with the resident and their family. This should also include the use of homely remedies. Residents and their families should always be involved in these discussions and the resident’s consent should always be sought. If a person lacks capacity to make decisions then the decisions may be made by the family or at a best interest meeting.
Why stock homely remedies?
The Care Quality Commission agrees that a small range of products may be kept in stock in a care home for residents for the treatment of minor ailments. Homes who agree to stock such products must develop their own policies with an approved list of products and minor ailments which will be treated in this way. Staff need to be able to respond quickly to symptoms of a minor nature, such as toothache or headache. This guidance is intended to help in such situations.
For further guidance from Safety of Medicines in Care Homes see guide (PDF | 24pp_