Horizon House’s Supported Living (Assisted Living and Memory Care) implemented electronic Medication Administration Records (eMAR).
Horizon House’s Supported Living is proud and excited to announce the successful move from from “old school” paper and 3-ring binders to record medication administration with ink pens, initialing in tiny squares on a page has transformed to updating medical records at the click of a button. eMAR improves resident satisfaction with a full-service electronic health record solution specifically designed for the unique needs of senior living providers. This has been a huge climb and a huge milestone of success for Supported Living at Horizon House.
The project began many months ago with a team including Health Services Officer Lauri Warfield-Larson, Director of Resident Care Senan Baini, Associate Director of Resident Care Catherine Muriithi, Elder Care LPN Nicole Hutto, Medical Records Manager Teresa Jones, and Director of Culture and Care Scott Hulet. The Horizon House team worked closely with working with an eMAR representative to customize the program to best suit Horizon House residents’ needs.
In September, every nurse and medication technician completed several modules of online training and then a classroom training session to learn the new eMAR system. From there, every medication had to be verified in the system prior to going live. This effort required hours of work for our Core Nurses separate from their daily nursing tasks.
“Over and above the guiding force to reach the top of this climb has been Lauri Warfield-Larson, who gave many 12-hour days working with all three shifts and weekend team members to assure our success,” said Director of Culture and Care Scott Hulet. “Another wonderful benefit from this project has been to see the impressive teamwork among Horizon House’s phenomenal nursing and medication technician teams. Several times as Horizon House moved through the implementation, nurses would be seen huddled over their laptops helping each other learn the program.”
Supported Living has been transforming itself in many ways. This is yet another transformation. It is no small effort to completely change how you have done tasks for decades. This transformation will not only change the lives of our residents for the better, but has already given our staff the opportunity to learn new skills that they can strengthen and utilize in their careers.