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Nursing Home Staff That You Should Know 

Nursing home staff: 

nursing home staffThere are certain nursing home staff that are typical to most facilities which you should be familiar with.  The following list includes people who usually work in nursing homes as well as a short, typical job description: 

The nursing home administrative staff usually includes the administrator, director of admissions, director of personnel and finance director.  Their job is to handle paperwork and the finances of the facility. 

The medical director of the nursing home is a medical doctor
who is responsible for overseeing the medical care of all of the residents. 

The nursing staff usually includes the director of nursing, licensed practical nurses (LPNís), registered nurses (RNís), and nursing assistants or aids. 

Therapists usually include occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapists. 

Social services staff help residents to deal with emotional and social issues and usually includes a social worker. 

The activities director manages recreational activities. 

The dietary staff handles all of the nutritional needs of the nursing home and includes the food service manager, and dietary assistants to prepare meals. 

Nursing homes must have 24-hour staffing with a registered nurse being present at least once a day.  If there are more than 120 beds, there must be a staff social worker and dental care, as well as medical care which must be provided to patients at the nursing home.  Residents are free to choose their own doctors. 

Note: You should always be aware that the staff that has the most contact with your loved one will probably not be nurses or doctors but will be aids who handle personal care, meal assistance and minor medical care.

Some information from Seniorís Rights: Your Legal Guide to Living Life to the Fullest By Brette McWhorter Sember 

Additional Information By Paul Susic M.A. Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate (Geriatric Psychologist)        

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