In order to provide the best care for our patients, our nurses and staff have a wide range of certifications and degrees. Some of the more common ones are listed below with an explanation of what they do for our residents.
The administrator is responsible for assuring the overall needs of the residents, the facility, and the staff are recognized and met in accordance with laws and regulations mandated by the state and federal government.
The Medical Director is fully accredited medical doctor licensed to practice medicine in the Oklahoma The Medical Director has the ability to plan and direct medical programs for implementation as needed, as well as the ability to develop and implement quality assurance, and assure high quality of patient care which will meet Federal regulations.
Registered Nurse (RN)
RN’s perform a variety of daily tasks including keeping records, administering medicine, monitoring patients, planning treatment, informing patients and family of changes in treatment or health, consulting doctors and more.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
LPN’s work under the direction of the RN to perform a variety of tasks. This includes talking with the patients about medical concerns or just life in general, filling out patient charts, helping patients with daily living needs, providing basic treatments, answering questions and more.
Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
CMA tasks can vary from day-to-day, but what they do essentially keeps the care of our residents running smoothly. This can include scheduling treatments and appointments, prepping exam rooms, recording test results, collecting specimens and administering medications.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
CNA’s fulfill basic quality-of-life needs for residents in the center, amounting to about 80-90% of the care provided. This includes taking information daily about a patient’s vitals and health, bathing patients, helping patients eat and move, examining patients, dressing patients, lifting them in and out of bed, administering medicine, keeping examination rooms clean, keeping records and assisting nurses in many other ways.
Registered Dietician (RD)
The role of the RD is to support the delivery of a comprehensive, high quality nutrition program for our residents. The RD provides guidance, training and review of menus to ensure we serve nutritious meals and snacks.
The pharmacy consultant is responsible for our resident’s medication management. The consultant also ensures that our resident’s medications are the most appropriate and the most effective and communicates his findings to the physician.
Physical Therapist (PT)
Physical Therapists help injured or ill patients improve their movement and manage their pain. They use a variety of different techniques to care for them including training in functional movement, which includes the use of equipment such as canes, crutches, wheelchairs, and walkers; and special movements to improve movement and decrease pain.
Occupational Therapist (OT)
Occupational Therapists assess a patient’s ability to perform their daily activities and teach them strategies to help them live more independent and productive lives. They teach self-care skills such as eating, dressing and grooming, and they can help with the emotional and social adjustment that follows an injury or illness.
Speech therapist can assist with speech by increasing communication skills with speaking and gestures. They can also reduce coughing or choking on food or liquids during meals along with recommending a swallowing test.