Nurses play a fundamental role in the quality of any Scottsdale, Arizona senior living facility. They are the main staff members that residents interact with, so it is important to know their roles in each facility. With a Scottsdale senior placement company, like Integrity Senior Placement, you can know that you or your loved ones will be in a facility with quality nurses who will make you comfortable and well cared for.
The main job of any nurse in a senior living facility is to take care of the needs of patients. They must ensure that patients receive proper nutrition, maintain hygiene, and have clean spaces. Different nurses may have different or more advanced responsibilities.
There are usually three levels of nurses in group homes: nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, and registered nurses.
The first tier of nurses is the nursing assistant. They may also be referred to as nursing aids, CNA’s (Certified Nursing Assistant) or STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant). They carry out the basic tasks under the direction of LPN’s. This would include caring for residents’ personal hygiene, like brushing their teeth, bathing, combing hair, changing their clothes or shaving. They may also assist residents who need help going to the bathroom, change bedpans, and empty catheters. In addition to these tasks, some nursing assistants may maintain medical records, ensure dietary needs are met, help prevent bedsores, collect samples, and assist with transporting patients. They are required to be state-certified. There are certain tasks they cannot carry out, including administering medicine or supplying IV medicines. They also cannot start an IV.
Above nursing assistants are LPN’s, or Licensed Practical Nurses. LPN’s work under the supervision of RN’s and perform many of the same tasks as nursing assistants. In addition to those tasks, they also monitor respiration, blood pressure, temperature, oxygen levels, and heart rates. They may also be responsible for tasks such as inserting catheters, treating bedsores, giving injections, administering medications, changing bandages, and sometimes, developing plans of care for patients. The LPN may work alongside an RN, or independently, depending on the facility. If there are problems, the LPN reports them to the RN.
The highest level of nurse in these facilities is the Registered Nurse. The RN usually has more education than LPN’s and nursing assistants. RN’s oversee all the activities of the entire nursing staff. Rather than focusing on patients’ immediate needs, they oversee the patients’ overall health and medical histories. They are responsible for more advanced tasks, like starting IV infusions, administering oxygen, monitoring blood sugar levels, and consulting with physicians. If an RN is the designated Head Nurse, they may also make schedules, designate nursing assignments, work with the residents’ families, and report any changes in health status or care.
In charge of all nursing operations are the group home administrators. These are the chief executive officers responsible for overseeing the entire facility, including managing staff, handling budgets, and ensuring patients received the quality care demanded by the law. The criteria to be a group home administrator varies by state, but usually they must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree, a current RN licensure, and five to ten years of relevant experience.
Nurses at a group home make a major difference in the care and happiness of residents. Working with Scottsdale senior placement company like Integrity Senior Placement, can ensure that you find the best facility and nurses for you and your loved ones.
- Steven F( Phoenix Arizona, Memory Care Placement )
Integrity Placement exceeded our expectations. We called with an urgent need to relocate our 88 year old mother with advanced Parkinson’s disease, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, and a heart condition to a safe, capable and conducive environment. Having changed ownership and management, her then current facility had dramatically declined, replaced administration with unethical leadership, and become an elder-care warehouse. David listened to our list of needs, our experiences, and our hopes. Within a week Integrity Placement had researched potential fits, contacted AND prepared several to address our needs, guided us through on-site reviews, and helped us walk through the decision process. Every alternative we visited was exceptional and prepared to address our specific financial and medical needs. We found a match a could not be happier or more relieved.
- Colleen D( North Scottsdale, Arizona Senior Placement )
Reina is truly our guardian angel. Fortunately, she was referred to me to help find a placement for my brother who was being discharged from a north Scottsdale facility at a moments notice. Having to deal with a facility and insurance who don’t have your loved ones best interest at heart is maddening. I was panicked. Reina calmed my fears and was instrumental in finding a wonderful placement for Joe. She stayed connected with me during the entire process and continues to be a part of our lives. I appreciate her and the value of Integrity Placement and know this transition went as smoothly as it did because of Reina. Her dedication to her clients and families, her knowledge, honesty, patience, and professionalism are truly incredible. I can’t thank Reina enough for how much she helped our family.
- Toni M( Phoenix, AZ Assisted Living Placement )
The folks at Integrity Placement can be described in one word – AMAZING! They made an extremely difficult and overwhelming situation very easy for our family. We had to place our mom in an assisted living situation very quickly. Both David and Reina were awesome – extremely responsive and compassionate. David helped us find a place that is a wonderful new home for our mom. We would not hesitate to recommend their services to anyone!!
- Jeannie C.( Scottsdale, AZ Senior Assisted Living Placement )
Reina from Integrity Placement was excellent in guiding us through the process of appropriately placing our loved one in assisted living. She worked closely with the centers we toured, was punctual and valued our time commitments. Throughout this process she was efficient, accessible and professional. She truly cares about her clients and is very supportive. Thank you Reina!
- Anna & Jeff K( Phoenix, Arizona Assisted Living Placement )
David is amazing to work with. He made a huge difference in a very difficult time for our family. We were amazed at his efficiency in finding options for care homes and couldn’t have found such a wonderful option without his guidance. But most of all, his kindness and warmth was everything to us. We will remain forever grateful.