(a)  The facility shall permit residents who are competent and physically able to self-administer their medications if the following requirements are met:

(1)           the self-administration is ordered by a physician or other person legally authorized to prescribe medications in North Carolina and documented in the resident's record; and

(2)           specific instructions for administration of prescription medications are printed on the medication label.

(b)  The facility shall notify the physician when:

(1)           there is a change in the resident's mental or physical ability to self-administer;

(2)           the resident is non-compliant with the physician's orders; or

(3)           the resident is non-compliant with the facility's medication policies and procedures.

A resident's right to refuse medications does not imply the inability of the resident to self-administer medications.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131D-2.16; 131D-4.5; 143B-165;

Temporary Adoption Eff. December 1, 1999;

Eff. July 1, 2000;

Readopted Eff. October 1, 2022.