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Home Healthcare Solutions to Offer Resources and Education on Safe and Effective Medication Disposal

Hospice professionals are committed to providing the most comprehensive, highest quality care to their patients and loved ones and are committed to ensuring that the care they provide is safe and effective.

Appropriate disposal of unused and unneeded prescription drugs can be confusing for many, including health professionals. In addition to dangers associated with the medications getting into the hands of someone other than the person for whom they were prescribed, there are also environmental concerns around the common method of putting them down the drain. The National Hospice Foundation is collaborating with Home Healthcare Solutions to offer education and guidance on safe and effective ways to dispose of these drugs.

Home Healthcare Solutions, a leader in comprehensive medical supply management and operational solutions for hospice providers, will assist in the formulation of training tools for hospices to be offered by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s educational initiatives around medication disposal.

”We’re happy to partner with NHF and NHPCO to introduce this initiative to the hospice community”, said Randy Crump, president and CEO of Home Healthcare Solutions. “Through education and a movement toward practice improvement, we hope to collectively achieve a new standard in safety, compliance, professionalism and environmental stewardship with medication disposal in the patient home.”

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the nation’s largest non-profit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care organizations and professionals. NHPCO advocates for the terminally ill and their families and develops public and professional educational programs and materials to enhance the understanding and availability of hospice and palliative care.

“Hospice professionals are committed to providing the most comprehensive, highest quality care to their patients and loved ones and are committed to ensuring that the care they provide is safe and effective. Appropriate medication disposal is a key component of that care. We’re so pleased to be able to offer this educational resource to our members,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of NHPCO.

Support for this effort will be enhanced by Home Healthcare Solutions through ongoing contributions from the sale of Disposa-Script™, a product that was specifically designed for use by hospice professionals conducting medication disposals in the home (http://www.hh-solutions.com/disposascript). NHPCO, along with its philanthropic affiliate, NHF, will work closely with Home Healthcare Solutions to develop an ongoing educational program, which will be offered free of charge to NHPCO members through NHF’s Affinity Program.

For more information on this educational initiative, contact Sarah Meltzer at (703) 837-3149 or smeltzer(at)nationalhospicefoundation(dot)org.

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