Skilled Nursing Care
Our registered nurses perform physical and mental status assessments and develop or update the care plan for each client. Registered nurses routinely provide all treatments ordered by the client’s physician including skin care, wound care, dressing changes, tube feedings, catheter care, colostomy care and care for clients using oxygen. They provide diabetes and other chronic condition management and arrange for on-site as well as outside medical services, as needed. Our registered nurses oversee each client’s medications (see Medication Management) and serve as medical advocates for each client. The nursing staff provides hands-on assistance with activities of daily living including toileting, ambulation, special food feeding and helping clients to participate in Center activities. All our registered nurses are experienced acute care nurses, certified in CPR and first aid.
Our registered nurses ensure clients receive all ordered medications including B12 injections, insulin injections, eye drops and respiratory treatments. Nurses also monitor each client to observe the medication's effects and will consult with the client’s physician, as needed. For clients needing evening and weekend medication administration, registered nurses prepare the appropriate doses and send them home with the client, whenever required.
Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy
Available on-site, professional therapies are provided under a physician’s order to help clients enhance and maintain their balance and strength, remain safe when walking and climbing stairs, as well as improve fine motor skills used in dressing and self care. Maintenance therapy plans developed by the therapist are carried out by our nursing staff.
Home Visits and Health Assessments
To determine if the services of the Center may be of help to a prospective client, a home visit assessment can be made by our Registered Nurse who, with a referral from the client’s physician, will complete a medical and functional nursing assessment.
Individualized Treatment Planning
Drawing on input from the client, his or her family and their physician, a customized care plan is developed by our Registered Nurses for every client.
Individual and Group Therapy
Individual and family counseling as well as group therapy are provided as part of the care plan by our in-house social services staff. For those who may benefit, individual and well as group therapy programs that draw on music therapy techniques are provided on-site by experienced social services professionals from the community.
For clients who have no other case manager, our nursing staff oversees the management of all aspects of the care and assistance they need.
Nutrition & Meals
Nutritionally balanced and therapeutic meals (breakfast and lunch) plus balanced snacks are provided daily in a socialized group setting and include regular and special diets, restricted diets, ground meals, soft diets, tube feeding and feeding assistance by the nursing staff, wherever needed.
Physical activity and mental stimulation are daily activities and include chair exercises and modified strength training targeted to enhance large motor skills such as walking and balance. Small motor skills are improved through activities like manipulating small objects such as game-board pieces, and can lead to improved abilities in self dressing and self feeding. Word games like scrabble, group crossword and word association games are great mental stimulation exercises and are played frequently.
Our nursing staff uses frequent reminders as well as gentle assistance wherever needed to help clients with toileting and personal care, undressing and dressing, as well as catheter and colostomy care. Our SARA mechanical lifting device allows our specially trained nursing staff to provide clients who need extra mobility help with the safe assistance that also ensures a maximum of dignity and privacy.
Safe and reliable door to door transportation to the Norfolk Adult Day Health Center or the Mansfield Adult Day Health Center is provided by a variety of sources including the Centers' own handicapped accessible vans, by independent transportation providers as well as by caregivers for their loved ones.