A Registered Professional Nurse (RN) has an expanded scope of practice, education and clinical training.
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works under the direction of the RN in providing clinical services and supervision of the aide.
Skilled Nursing Services include:
- Teaching and training
- Administration of medications and/or treatment
- Tube feedings
- Wound care
- Intravenous therapy (I.V.)
- Ostomy care
A Physical Therapist provides services that are designed to develop, restore and maintain maximum movement and functional ability.
Physical Therapy Services include:
- Training in ambulation, gait and balance
- Home Exercise Program
- Strengthening exercises
- Range of motion
An Occupational Therapist provides therapeutic activities designed to:
- Improve, develop or restore physical functions lost as a result of injury or illness
- Learn or relearn daily living skills, such as dressing, eating or bathing
Occupational Therapy Services include:
- Evaluation for specialized equipment
- Hand re-training
- Training in homemaking, kitchen activities, dressing and hygiene
- Cognitive therapy
- Work adjustment
Speech Language Pathology
A Speech Language Pathologist addresses a person’s speech, swallowing difficulties and language needs through Speech Therapy.
Speech Therapy Services include:
- Voice training
- Communication skills
- Dysphagia – difficulty swallowing
A Respiratory Therapist provides evaluation, treatment, monitoring and management of patients with breathing disorders.
Respiratory Therapy Services include:
- Set up and monitor oxygen
- Support a mechanical ventilator
- Administer medications needed for respiratory care
- Perform tests to measure respiratory function
An audiologist diagnoses, evaluates, and treats hearing disorders and communication problems.
Audiology Services include:
- Evaluation and diagnosis
- Hearing tests and screening
- Prescribing and fitting of hearing aids
- Treatment for balance disorders
Medical Social Work
A Medical Social Worker evaluates the social and emotional factors affecting ill and disabled individuals and provides counseling.
Social Work Services include:
- Linkage with community resources
- Supportive counseling
- Grief counseling
- Assistance with advance directives
Nutrition / Registered Dietician
A Registered Dietician provides nutritional counseling to individuals who need guidance to properly manage an illness or disability.
Nutritional Services include:
- Dietary Assessment
- Development of specialized or modified diets
- Kidney disorders
Home Health Aide / Personal Care Aide
A Home Health Aide is trained and certified to provide personal care for patients in their home. A Personal Care Aide has less training than a Home Health Aide and generally assists patients who are more independent.
All aides follow a plan of care developed by a nurse.
Aides perform assistive duties such as:
- Personal hygiene and grooming
- Assistance with home exercise program
- Getting in and out of bed and walking
Homemaker / Housekeeper
A Homemaker and Housekeeper perform light household duties such as laundry, meal preparation, general housekeeping and shopping. Their services are directed at maintaining patient households rather than providing hands-on assistance with personal care.