Med Assist is an online program that is intended for staff who assist clients with medication. This program can be accessed at any time and completed at each individual’s own pace.
Geared toward employees who don’t have medical training, this program consists of seven (7) modules that outline practical information on best practices in assisting clients with medication.
Med Assist is a user-friendly program that takes approximately three (3) to four (4) hours to complete and is presented through text, videos, and complete narration to appeal to a variety of learning styles. Each module has a quiz at the end to reinforce learning but also contains a final exam with a minimum score requirement to ensure a high standard of knowledge to safely assist clients with medication.
Learners have 30 days to complete Med Assist.
The Med Assist program features a Supervisor’s Guide to assist with an organization’s overall Medication Administration Policy. The Supervisor’s Guide is intended for organizations that have registered staff to take SARC’s Med Assist program. SARC has developed this guide to assist an organization in developing and implementing a comprehensive medication assistance training program.
You can access the Supervisor’s Guide for COMPASS Members here.
For Non-COMPASS Members, you can access the Supervisor’s Guide here.
The first module describes the roles of internal and external resources. Information on external resources includes the roles of the physician, pharmacist, nurse practitioner, and organization.
Gain an understanding of the reasons why people take medications, commonly used medication terminology and abbreviations, and medications that require special considerations and/or specialized procedures. You will also learn how to read a medication label, know what type of information is on the label, and understand the different types of packaging methods for medications.
This module describes how to receive medication safely and identifies the different methods of storing medications. You will also learn how to repackage medication and understand the guidelines for transporting and disposing of medications.
This module identifies the six (6) Rights of Medication Assistance which include, Right Client, Right Medication, Right Dose, Right Time, Right Route, and Right Documentation.
Learn and understand the steps to prepare for medication assistance and how to implement the six (6) Rights discussed in Module 4. Emphasis will be put on how to preserve a client’s rights, dignity, and respect when assisting with medications.
After completing this module, you will understand the role observation plays when assisting a client with medication. You will also be able to identify what to do in the case of a medication error, and be able to list what should be recorded on an Incident Report.
The final module includes demonstration videos to further your understanding of the process for assisting with various forms of medications.
The Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) has reviewed SARC’s Med Assist program to assess alignment with the Creating Excellence Together (CET) Standards. This is to ensure that any standards established in the CET, but not addressed in the curriculum, can be met at the time of delivery.
This was undertaken at the request of numerous organizations to provide an additional opportunity to address these proficiencies. The Med Assist program (2017) meets the CET requirements for training to be provided by a licensed practitioner.
Click here to access the Alberta addendum.
COMPASS funding is available to SARC Regular and Associate Members, as well as Affiliate Members with CLSD funding.
COMPASS funding will cover the registration fees for an unlimited number of employees to take Med Assist.
In order to receive this funding, organizations must:
- Register employee(s) at your organization for the course.
- Use your COMPASS code at check-out to access this training at no cost.
- Have the employee complete the immediate session evaluation which will be emailed to them.
- Have the employee complete the follow-up session evaluation which will be emailed to them.
As a requirement of CLSD COMPASS funding, SARC must report on training satisfaction rates. As a result, we ask that all learners complete individual program evaluations immediately upon finishing any training, as well as within three (3) to four (4) months of completion. Your feedback will also be used to ensure that SARC continues to provide the best training possible.