Support Medication Safety in the Home
During this year’s Roanoke Valley Gives Day, support Good Samaritan Hospice’s Medication Safety in the Home initiative!
Good Sam’s mission, to “affirm life in the midst of illness and grief and, above all, honor what matters most to each person and family served”, means that one of our primary goals is patient comfort. Medications used appropriately are often the means to achieving physical comfort at the end of life. While we have always taken seriously our responsibility for medication safety, recent issues in our area regarding medication abuse and misuse has prompted us to look for better ways to assure the proper use, storage and disposal of patient medications through our Medication Safety in the Home Initiative.
The goals of our Medication Safety in the Home Program are to:
*Reduce the misuse of medications through patient/family education
*Implement strategies in high risk homes to reduce or eliminate medication misuse and theft
*Minimize the environmental impact of drug disposal
As a way to aid in the achievement of these goals, Good Samaritan Hospice uses Lockmed secure medication lock boxes to keep medications safe in a home and Deterra Drug Deactivation System pouches for effective and environmentally responsible drug disposal.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 71% of persons who used pain relievers for non-medical reasons obtained them from a friend or relative. Because of Good Samaritan Hospice’s high use of medications for comfort during hospice and palliative care, we have a strong desire and the ability to be part of the solution to this problem. We are committed to patients to provide medications necessary for their comfort and to our community to see that these medications are used, stored, and disposed of safely.
Hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care for people with an incurable or life-limiting disease. When a patient enters into hospice care, Good Samaritan Hospice comes to them to provide compassionate and comprehensive services, whether their residence is a home, a nursing facility, or a hospital. Hospice care is provided most often in a patient’s home – the place where someone is most comfortable surrounded by friends, family, and familiar objects.
While the goal of most medical care is to cure, the goal of hospice is to provide palliative (comfort-related) care that enables a patient to live his or her final days as fully as possible surrounded by care, compassion, and dignity. The hospice philosophy sees dying as a natural part of life, yet we do not hasten nor postpone this natural process. The last stage of life can be a time for growing, sharing, cherishing and letting go.
Good Samaritan Hospice’s team is comprised of physicians, nursing staff, social work staff, chaplains, hospice aids, and volunteers who work together to care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of both the patient and their family and loved ones.
Good Samaritan Hospice, 1160 Moose Drive, Christiansburg, VA 24073
(540) 381-3171; FAX (540) 381-3191
Serving Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Shawsville, Floyd, Giles, Pulaski
www.goodsamhospice.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; Toll Free - 888-466-7809