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55 Pa. Code § 6400.161. Self-administration.


§ 6400.161. Self-administration.

 (a)  The home shall provide an individual who has a prescribed medication with assistance, as needed, for the individual’s self-administration of the medication.

 (b)  Assistance in the self-administration of medication includes helping the individual to remember the schedule for taking the medication, offering the individual the medication at the prescribed times, opening a medication container and storing the medication in a secure place.

 (c)  The home shall provide or arrange for assistive technology to assist the individual to self-administer medications.

 (d)  The individual plan must identify if the individual is unable to self-administer medications.

 (e)  To be considered able to self-administer medications, an individual shall do all of the following:

   (1)  Recognize and distinguish the individual’s medication.

   (2)  Know how much medication is to be taken.

   (3)  Know when the medication is to be taken. Assistance may be provided by staff persons to remind the individual of the schedule and to offer the medication at the prescribed times as specified in subsection (b).

   (4)  Take or apply the individual’s medication with or without the use of assistive technology.


   The provisions of this §  6400.161 amended under sections 201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b), 911 and 1021 of the Human Services Code (62 P.S. § §  201(2), 403(b), 403.1(a) and (b), 911 and 1021); and section 201(2) of the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966 (50 P.S. §  4201(2)).


   The provisions of this §  6400.161 amended through January 22, 1982, effective March 1, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 384; amended August 9, 1991, effective November 8, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 3595; amended October 4, 2019, effective in 120 days, 49 Pa.B. 5777. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (381968).

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  6400.273 (relating to exceptions).

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