In a well-staffed nursing home, you will meet a wide variety of employees. Reputable nursing homes will have required criminal and sexual offender background checks on all employees prior to hiring them.
The employees at your loved one’s nursing home should include:
- Nurses. There are many kinds of nurses, including Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Licensed Vocational Nurses. It is the nursing staff’s responsibility to re-assess your loved one’s condition frequently; to create their care plan; to provide medications; and to do many other skilled tasks.
- Nursing Assistants. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) help residents with the tasks of daily life, like toileting, getting dressed, staying clean, and eating.
- Allied Health Professionals. These may include physical therapists; occupational therapists; and speech therapists. They can help your loved one with many things, like regaining strength; learning to walk more safely, preventing falls; regaining the ability to do everyday life activities; assessing for difficulty swallowing, and implementing measures to prevent choking if needed.
- Many others. These may include dieticians; social workers; case managers; chaplains; and non-clinical staff (like administrators and custodial workers).
Each member of the team plays a crucial role in your loved one’s care.