Provide Assistance with Medication in Residential Aged Care

The 5Rs for aged care workers

Duration: 11 min 8 secs

Medication can help, or harm, a person, so it is essential that care workers who assist clients with medication, in residential aged care, understand their organisation’s guidelines and follow them exactly.

An important part of the guidelines for care workers assisting clients with medication are the 5 Rs. These are the Right person, the Right medication, the Right time, the Right route and the Right dose.

This video is based on realistic work situations and can be used in the induction and orientation of new staff, as refresher training and for learners undertaking accredited courses in the Community Services Training Package.

The resource also includes Trainers’ Notes and Learners’ Worksheets which can be customised for your organisation.

Project developed by Fran Haarsma Productions and Community Services and Health Industry Training Board. Funded under the Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Program by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.


Topics covered:

  • the Right person
  • the Right medication
  • the Right time
  • the Right route
  • the Right dose

The DVD also covers:

  • Infection control
  • Reporting to the supervisor
  • Writing incident reports

Resource Material for:

Community Services Training Package

  • CHC33015 Certificate in Individual Support
    • Ageing specialisation

Note: This resource may also be suitable for use in the disability sector at the trainer/assessors discretion.

The resource can be used as support material for the competency:

HLTHPS006     Assist clients with medication

The resource focuses on the development of language, literacy and numeracy skills required by aged care workers in residential aged care settings assisting clients with medication. The video is not designed to teach this competency but to address the language, literacy and numeracy needs of support workers.

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