Is it legal for a POA, in the state of AR, to dispense medications from prescription bottles, in order for a caregiver to administer?

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POA has no medical license of any kind. She gets the meds out of an elder man's prescription bottles, puts them in a daily pill box. Caregivers are not licensed to dispense the meds from prescription bottles, but can administer them from the daily pill box. There is reason to believe elder abuse from the POA

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violet2, who would you recommend to put the pills into the pill container? What are the pills involved? Do the bottles have the client's name, how many pills per day, the dosage? Have you witnessed any wrong pills being given?

If the gentleman had allowed this person to be his Medical Power of Attorney, I see nothing wrong with her filling the pill tray.

Curious why are you questioning this? Is there more to the story?
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So Violet, I takevit you'd rather have this elder in an Assisted Living facility, where meds are managed by LPNs? What is your relationship to client, and to POA?
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violet2, is this your evidence of elder abuse, or is something else going on?

If the correct pills are in the correct slots, and all the caregiver has to do is say, "Client, please take the pills out of the Thursday morning slot", which she has opened for him, where is the harm or the risk?
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The caregivers are the ones who actually give the man his meds. They don't even know what they are giving him.....just instructions from the POA, who is filling the pill boxes
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Nothing illegal in that. All the caregiver has to do then is remind him to take the pills from the proper compartment.
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If you have a reason to suspect elder abuse, contact APS and give them the details.

POA has nothing whatsoever about medication dispensing.

I dispensed my husband's pills from prescription bottles to weekly pill boxes. Two daughters also performed that task. None of us have any kind of medical training or licensing. I believe this is a very common task for family members to perform. What you can do for a family member is not the same as what you could do as a paid service provider. I don't suppose if I worked in a nursing home they'd let me dispense pills, at least not with more training, etc.

But, pill dispensing aside, if you have good reason to belief that abuse is happening, do let APS know.
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