Nursing Home Staff That You Should Know
Nursing home staff:
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
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.
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.
include occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapists.
staff help residents to deal with emotional and social issues and
usually includes a social worker.
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
Paul Susic M.A. Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate (Geriatric Psychologist)
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