Having an On-Site Licensed Nurse in a Memory Care Community is an integral part of the residents’ health and well-being. There are many advantages to having a licensed nurse on-site. The licensed nurse develops a plan of care specific for each resident’s unique and changing needs. They will do an initial assessment upon move in and then continue to assess the resident routinely and communicate any changes to the family and to their primary care physician.
A very important role of a nurse is to observe any changes in a resident and communicate that to the physician and family as soon as possible and together they will develop a plan of care to know how to provide the best care for that resident. They communicate directly with the physician and monitor any health conditions that arise. They monitor all medications, avoiding the use of too many medications. The nurse also communicates with the family members about their loved one and provides them with insight on the disease process.
All of Grand Brook Memory Care’s licensed nurses are specifically trained for Alzheimer’s and dementia-related care and are on-site seven days a week and available 24 hours / day. A nurse has the knowledge to not only notice the changes of a memory care resident, but be able to communicate these changes and come up with a plan of care specific for their needs.