Assisted Living Nurses: The Voice of the Resident

March 11, 2013 abigail Comments

Our four nurses combined have world-class training in caring for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Combined they have over 40 years of experience and dedication to people in assisted livings. Each one of these wonderful ladies has a passion for helping others and is proud to be part of the AutumnGrove family. 

Nurses at an assisted living are different than a nursing home or medical facility, in that assisted living facilities do not directly provide medical care. So what is the role of a nurse in assisted living?  Our nurses are some of the biggest advocates for our residents and their families and one of their most important jobs is to educate. They educate the family members, caregivers, managers and doctors. They speak up for the residents and the family when they are at a loss of words. They inform the doctors of the resident’s medical status and they train the caregivers how to care for the residents. Their mission is to help provide our residents with the best quality of life while juggling the reality of medicine and necessity of treatment. Understanding the family’s insight and goals for their loved one, our nurses’ work with the care staff, doctors, and other medical staff to develop and carry out a care plan that fits each resident.

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AutumnGrove Nurse with Resident

Family wishes are another important part of the nurses’ job. They are in continuous communication with the family members talking about any new or existing care for their loved one. The family members all have different goals in regards to the care for their loved ones and it is our nurses’ job to communicate those wishes with the rest of the staff. Our nurses are liaisons between the doctors and the family members and help the family to understand medical terminology that can be confusing.

AutumnGrove Cottage nurses have to be very flexible with their care for our residents. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be challenging in that each day is very different from the other. Sometimes the care given in the morning is drastically different from the evening. With this challenge our nurses rise to the occasion time and time again with a positive spirit. They have grown to love the residents as if they were part of their own family. They love to help bring joy back into the lives of the residents and family members and have learned that the residents help bring joy into their lives.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a
listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all
of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
― Leo F. Buscaglia

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