Medication Optimization Program

Medication Optimization Contributes to Optimal Care

Broadmead Care residents have multiple medical conditions. It’s not unusual, for example, for a resident of the Veterans Memorial Lodge to have as many as 25 medical problems. These multiple chronic conditions must be managed concurrently, making it imperative to closely monitor treatment for adverse effects, drug interactions and/or inappropriate dosing.

To best meet this need, Broadmead Care developed a Medication Optimization Program in 2007. An interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and pharmacists monitors residents’ medications and makes recommendations to doctors to ensure optimal medication utilization. This entails reducing or discontinuing medications whenever possible.

The program provides regular education and information to staff members on topics including: inappropriate medications for older adults; classes of medications such as antidepressants, anticholinergics, diuretics, and oral hypoglycemics; psychoactive drug best practices; and, updates on new medications. The program has also resulted in the development of a new policy on the appropriate use of psychopharmacological medications.