Ask Mike - Does my Mom have the right to know what medicine she is buying and taking

Hello

My mom is in an assisted living facility in Akron Ohio and she always receives her medicine by mail order. When the medication arrives the nurse gives my Mom the bill, administers the medicine but won't show my Mom what she is taking. Does my Mom have the right to see what she is taking?

Thanks,

Mom's Meds

Dear Mom's Meds,

Thanks for writing. You wrote to share that your Mom lives in an assisted living facility (ALF) in Ohio and that she receives mail order medications that the nurse from the facility controls and administers to her. You want to know if your Mom has the right to see what medication she is purchasing and taking.

The answer is unequivocally, "yes"! She absolutely has the right to see and to know what medicine she is buying and taking. If the nurse will not share this information, complain to the director or whoever the top administrator of the ALF is. You could also complain to your state aging agency or even the protection and advocacy (P&A) agency if the ALF won't budge on this issue.

Our website can be a resource for you. Go to our Agencies Related to PAS page and click on "Ohio" on the map of the USA. Click on "State Unit on Aging" or "Protection and Advocacy Agency" to get contact information. Hopefully, a simple discussion with the ALF administrator will clear up the problem.

Good luck!

Mike Oxford

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