The courses in this bundle are intended to meet the requirements for medication training required in California Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) of a capacity of more than 15, per the California Health and Safety Code.
Course topics include:
- Medication Management Basics (1.5)
- Medication Management Laws and Regulations (1.5)
- Medications Commonly Prescribed for Persons with Dementia (1.0)
- Antibiotics and Infection Control in Older Adults (2.0)
- Medication Considerations for End of Life (1.0)
- Pain Management in Older Adults (1.0)
- Medication Training Test
Learners may choose to print individual certificates for each course and will also receive a Medication Training Certificate of Completion that will include ALL of the documentation needed (including subjects, hours completed, and hands-on shadowing documentation) to demonstrate compliance with the training requirements of Section 1565.69 of the CA Health and Safety Code. These certificates can be used to verify compliance to Licensing or your LPA. This certificate should be placed in the employee’s file or record to demonstrate compliance and competence to assist residents with medications.
In conjunction with completing these courses, facilities should be documenting a minimum of 16-hours of hands-on shadowing of medication management. There is a spot on the certificate for administrators or licensed skilled medical professionals to document this shadowing time.
This training was developed by a skilled medical professional, Angie Jung, RN, BSN, CRRN, CCM, RCFE, and reviewed by the CareerSmart Curriculum Development Review Committee made up of professionals including skilled medical professionals as well as licensed RCFE Administrators to ensure the content complied with California laws and regulations and industry best practices.
What are the requirements for staff to assist residents with medication management in a residential care facility for the elderly (RCFE) in California?
In facilities licensed for more than 15 residents, licensees shall ensure that all direct care staff assigned to assist residents with self-administration of medication complete twenty-four (24) hours of initial medication training, as follows: 8 hours of other training or instruction per H & S Code 1569.69(f), (within the first 4 weeks)* and 16 hours of hands-on shadowing (before assisting residents with self-administration of medications). The employee shall also complete 8 hours of training on medications annually.
In facilities licensed for 15 or fewer residents, licensees shall ensure that all direct care staff assigned to assist residents with self-administration of medication complete ten (10) hours of initial medication training, as follows: 4 hours of other training or instruction per H & S Code 1569.69(f), (within the first 4 weeks)* and 6 hours of hands-on shadowing (before assisting residents with self-administration of medications). The employee shall also complete 8 hours of training on medications annually.
CareerSmart® offers online medication training course bundles for both large communities (more than 15 capacity) and small facilities (15 or less) that comply and meet the requirements with the above laws.
How do we document the hands-on shadowing component of medication training?
The certificate of completion for the medication training bundles include a place for the Administrator or Facility Designee or a skilled medical professional to sign off and self-certify that the hands-on component of the training was completed, and the date the hours were completed on.
This is one of the benefits of the CareerSmart® Initial Caregiver Training program; it provides a single document of evidence for the facility and caregiver to keep on file and can provide that to Licensing without having to weed through binders of sign-in sheets or stacks of paper certificates, all on different topics.
What documentation of the medication training do we need to keep on file to demonstrate compliance?
The facility should maintain the certificate of completion for each caregiver in their personnel file as proof of the training being completed. The certificate of completion for the entire bundle contains all the language needed to demonstrate compliance of the training to Community Care Licensing.
How were these specific topics chosen for the medication training bundles?
The CA Health & Safety Code outlines the topics of training that need to be completed. The courses included in this bundle were chosen because they fit within these content areas and meet the required and relevant areas of learning to assist with medication management.
Was the medication training developed by a skilled medical professional?
Yes, all the modules contained in the medication training bundles were not only developed by a skilled credentialed medical professional, but they were reviewed by the CareerSmart® Curriculum Development Review Committee to ensure the content met all state laws and regulation requirements and industry best practices. This committee reviews the modules every 1-3 years to ensure they are updated and current.
Program developer/instructor credentials are included on the Certificate of Completion for reference and per documentation requirements outlined in law.
How can I enroll multiple caregivers or gain access to the medication training throughout the year, as we manage staff turnover?
Facilities can easily enroll multiple caregivers at once and enroll and unenroll staff as situations or employment status changes. Administrators can retain control over transcripts and certificates. Facilities enrolling groups of staff will qualify for group rate discounts. To learn more about group rates and/or view a demo of how online learning works for caregiver training, please reach out to speak with a Client Success Manager here.
What technology is required to complete the medication training?
For a student to complete the medication training they should have access to a laptop, desktop, or tablet device with internet access.
Once all the courses in the bundle are completed, the caregiver will be able to print or download the certificate and if there is an Administrator associated with the learner profile, they will also get an email with the Certificate of Completion to print or download.
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