(1) When a resident who is receiving medication assistance or medication administration services from the boarding home chooses to not take his or her medications, the boarding home must:
(a) Respect the resident's right to choose not to take medication;
(b) Document the time, date and medication the resident did not take;
(c) Notify the physician of the refusal and follow any instructions provided, unless there is a staff person available who, acting within his or her scope of practice, is able to evaluate the significance of the resident not getting his or her medication, and such staff person;
(i) Conducts an evaluation; and
(ii) Takes the appropriate action, including notifying the prescriber or primary care practitioner when there is a consistent pattern of the resident choosing to not take his or her medications.
(2) The boarding home must comply with subsection (1) of this section, unless the prescriber or primary care practitioner has provided the boarding home with:
(a) Specific directions for addressing the refusal of the identified medication;
(b) The boarding home documents such directions; and
(c) The boarding home is able to fully comply with such directions.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.20.090 (2004 c 142 § 19) and chapter 18.20 RCW. 04-16-065, § 388-78A-2230, filed 7/30/04, effective 9/1/04.]