What official guidance is available on giving service users in care homes medication without their knowledge, and what are the key principles?

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What official guidance is available on giving service users in care homes medication without their knowledge, and what are the key principles?

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Under normal circumstances all medication should be administered with the full knowledge and consent of service users and every effort should be made by staff to obtain that consent. If service users are confused about their medication, staff should patiently explain to them why they should take their medication but they should never bully, force or try to coerce them.

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