Top tip 7: Say something!

Support people to raise any concerns about their medication, or do this on the person’s behalf when appropriate.

Support the person to say something about their medication if they are concerned and do so on the person’s behalf when they want you to. Do so if you believe you should in order to support the person’s wellbeing but they lack capacity to tell you to do so and do not object.

It is important to understand as much as you can about the situation, the given reason for the medication and any relevant related issues. But just as you don’t need to be a weather forecaster to know which way the wind blows, you don’t need clinical training to ask questions when someone appears to have rapidly put on weight or their speech has become slurred. Be respectful but don’t be bamboozled or silent.