Eastern Health employs a mix of nursing staff who work together to encourage and support you to manage your personal care as independently as possible.
Nursing care is provided at long-term care facilities on a 24-hour basis by:
- Registered nurses (RN) lead, organize and participate in providing residents in long-term care with safe and quality health care. RNs assess, plan, implement and evaluate resident-centered care plans and support other members of the health-care team through education and support.
- Licensed practical nurses (LPN) work with the RN to provide the nursing care you need. In a Protective Community Care Residence or on units in some facilities, there is either a RN or a LPN liaison lead.
- Personal care attendants (PCA) help you with activities of daily living such as dressing, transferring to and from your bed or chair, bathing, grooming and meals.
Regional Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are available for consultation if care needs are more complex. CNS areas of focus may include:
- Pain management
- Palliative care
- Fall prevention
- Policy development
- Dementia care
- Least restraint
- Skin and wound care
Nursing staff are assigned a group of residents each shift they work. Each resident requires a certain amount of time for individual care. If staff members are attending to emergencies or caring for other residents, you or your loved one may have to wait for assistance but will receive help when staff is available. Care will be provided by both male and female nursing staff.