Older people's experience of utilisation and administration of medicines in a health- and social care context

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People living at home who lack ability to manage their medicine are entitled to assistance to improve adherence provided by a home care assistant employed by social care.


The aim was to describe how older people with chronic diseases, living at home, experience the use and assistance of administration of medicines in the context of social care.


A qualitative descriptive study.


Ten participants (age 65+) living at home were interviewed in the participants' own homes. Latent content analysis was used.


The assistance eases daily life with regard to practical matters and increases adherence to a medicine regimen. There were mixed feelings about being dependent on assistance; it interferes with self-sufficiency at a time of health transition. Participants were balancing empowerment and a dubious perception of the home care assistants' knowledge of medicine and safety. Physicians' and district nurses' professional knowledge was a safety guarantee for the medicine process.


Assistance eases daily life and medicine regimen adherence. Dependence on assistance may affect self-sufficiency. Perceived safety varied relating to home care assistants' knowledge of medicine.

Relevance to Clinical Practice:

A well-functioning medicine assistance is crucial to enable older people to remain at home. A person-centred approach to health- and social care delivery is efficient and improve outcome for the recipient of care.

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