Medication Management in Home Care

Course Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in this learning activity the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to decrease hospitalizations or re-hospitalizations in home care related to medication issues as evidenced by passing the final exam with a score of 80% or higher at the end of the on-line learning activity.

One of the top causes for hospitalization or re-hospitalization in older adults is medication issues related to medication use or adherence. In order to address these challenges, appropriate medication management is critical in the care of older adults.

This program will focus on the role of the clinician in managing medications in the home care setting.

This is a self-paced course with knowledge check activities. These non-graded activities allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding on in the course. At the end of the course, you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 80% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Identify changes in older adults that contribute to the need for medication management
  • Define challenges of polypharmacy, medication non adherence and medication side effects and home care response
  • Identify potentially dangerous drugs or drug classes in the older person
  • Describe the medication reconciliation process
  • Identify the process of medication management
  • Identify barriers to medication non-adherence in older adults and the potential consequences
Contact Time

1 Contact Hour: based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 1.2 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of health care professionals such as Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers.

Course Planning Team

Kathy L. Richie, RN, BSN; Kristi Kiehne; MBA; Jeanette Mefford, RN, BSN, MPH, HCS-D, Beth Schoenfeld, RN, MSN, CCP

Course Expiration Date

As required by ANCC, this continuing nursing education activity must carry an expiration date. You must complete the content, Final Quiz and Course Survey on or before that day. The last day to successfully complete this course and receive a Certificate of Completion will be December 31, 2023.

NCPD - Nursing Continuing Professional Development
Rochester Community & Technical College is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Provider Approval Number: WICEAP-0149-007
Disclosure Statements:

Commercial Support: This course was developed in accordance with ANCC Commercial Support Guidelines. No commercial support was accepted for the development of this course.

Non-endorsement of Products and Off Label Use: This course provides a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic names is always considered before using trade names. Consequently, if trade names are necessary, when available, we will use trade names from several companies. RCTC and the course planning team do not endorsed any products or drugs that may be mentioned in this course.

Author Updating

Beth Schoenfeld - RN MSN CCP

Beth is a Registered Nurse, with a Masters in Nursing with a clinical focus in Gerontology from the University of Evansville in Indiana. The majority of Beth's nursing career has been in home health care, working in both education and administration. Beth is also certified as a Chronic Disease Professional Health Coach (CCP) and has developed this program.

Author Originating

Jeanette Mefford - RN BSN MPH HCS-D

Jeanette Mefford is a home care consultant with more than 30 years of experience in administrative and clinical management and leadership. Through this experience, she has gained extensive knowledge and experience in federal as well as state regulation and compliance requirements, OASIS and Prospective Payor System. She is a recognized a leader in education and training seminars in Minnesota as well as nationally.

CHAMP Program - Advancing Home Health Care Excellence for Older Persons: CHAMP Retrieved 6/11/14 from Http://champ-program.org
Karen Dorman Marek, Lisa Antlew Retrieved 6/11/14 from http://www.ncbi.nl.nih.gov/books/NBK2670
Carol Hall Ellenbecker; Linda Samia; Margaret J. Cushman; Kristine Alster Retrieved 6/11/14 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2631
Donna M. Fick, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN,* and Todd P. Semla, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FCCP, AGSF Retrieved 6/11/14 from www.americangeriatgrics.org

Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. <br><br> Development was supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); Minnesota Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC) Grant # UB4HP19196; Subaward Grant # P001768405; Director: Robert L. Kane, MD.

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Professional Health