Getting older and memory

First in a series on Dementia

Dementia is a condition of some elderly people. The older an elderly person becomes, the more likely it is that they can develop dementia.

Normally, "elderly" is defined as "over 65." It is past "middle age."

Various diseases of the nervous system and their symptoms may be involved in dementia. It is common that more than one disease process will be involved, and include both neurodegenerative and vascular diseases.

What are the neurogenerative diseases? They include Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Huntington's and "amyotrophic lateral sclerosis." We will look at each of these in this blog series.

What are vascular diseases? They include stroke, "peripheral artery disease, (PAD)," blood clots, and other conditions relating to blood flow and the vascular (blood vessels) system.

As we think about dementia, let's always keep a positive outlook. Perhaps this series will help you think of ways to prevent it in your own life, or if a family member or loved one suffers from it, you will learn to understand them better.

Dietary Aide position open

Dietary Aide at Maple Manor Christian Home

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Hospitality Team is responsible for every aspect of meal preparation, snack distribution and having all supplements ready for our residents.

Cooking, prepping, cleaning, sanitizing are all duties performed by hospitality staff.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assures that food storage and preparation procedures are observed as specified in department policy and regulatory standards.
  • Reports pertinent information to the Hospitality Manager.
  • Prepares foods according to the menus and recipes.
  • Assures that food needing preparations are ready as scheduled.
  • Assures that all items prepared were done using the proper weights and measures and, cooking methods.
  • Checks and records temperatures of the food prior to meal service.
  • Reports supply needs to the Hospitality Manager.
  • Assists in checking supplies and food.
  • Reports improperly functioning equipment to the Hospitality Manager.
  • Handles resident’s dietary requests and reports.
  • Checks and records room and equipment temperatures.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to read and write: To follow both written and oral instructions.
  • The ability to observe Individual needs.
  • Good housekeeping and sanitary techniques.
  • The ability to serve residents with both kindness and patience.
  • High school education or equivalent preferred but not absolutely necessary.
  • Good physical condition, emotional maturity.
  • Family obligation must not be a hindrance to stability of service.

CNA position open

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Will assist nursing by giving direct resident care and help to meet the social, psychological, spiritual, and physical needs of the resident and assist the resident to utilize restorative and rehabilitative nursing principle to restore and maintain the resident’s maximum level of function.

Complete assignments in a correct, efficient manner. Recognize changes in the resident and report them to the charge nurse.

Learn procedures necessary to the care of each resident.

Keep technical information and general knowledge up to date through attendance of in services. Foster self-respect and self-esteem in each resident, as well as themselves, by consistent and sincere acceptance, kindness, and understanding of those entrusted to his/her care.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Receive report and assignment at the beginning of each shift from the charge nurse. Report to the charge nurse during the course of the shift any changes in resident condition: physical, mental, and/or behavioral. Complete the work assignment efficiently and correctly. Report to the charge nurse at the end of the shift the general overall condition of the resident, and level of function. Work hall/group assigned.
  • Attend to all activities of daily living needs that the resident is unable to complete for themselves, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and ambulation. Assist or supervise ADL function for activities the resident is able to perform for their self. This includes care of hair, teeth, nails, etc. Attend to these needs throughout the shift. Assist resident to and from therapies and activities as needed. Encourage and enforce restorative programs.
  • Perform special procedures as assigned by the charge nurse specific o a resident such as tpr, intake and output, catheter care, urine/stool specimens, weights, use of cane/walker, side rails on bed, and demonstrate knowledge and ability to apply restraints properly.
    Express knowledge of all transfer techniques, proper body positioning of resident, as well as proper body mechanics for yourself and the resident.
  • Know how to use, care for, clean, and disinfect equipment. Know how to take proper care of residents environment (room), personal belongings (closets, drawers kept organized), and how to assist with general cleaning of utility and services areas as assigned.
  • Record all AOL, special procedures, and effect or results on restorative programs and resident daily record, restraint record, or bladder and bowel record. Update weekly summary of restorative progress. Add any belongings to inventory that the family brings in after initial admission.
  • Express knowledge of all safety measures and precautionary techniques to prevent and inhibit accidents, injury, and infection.
  • Express knowledge of the Fire and Disaster Evacuation Procedures, location of fire extinguishers, and how to use them correctly.
  • Attend in services as scheduled. All CNAs must have 12 hours per year of continuing education. Knowledge of personnel policies and resident care policies and procedures is required. Assist with orientation of new personnel. Attend all scheduled staff meetings.
  • Assist charge nurse as directed.
  • Refer all questions by family members or visitors regarding resident condition, care, or needs to charge nurse.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have satisfied the requirements of the state of Indiana and successfully completed a 105 hour basic nursing assistant class. Must be certified by the Indiana State Board of Health.
  • High school education or equivalent preferred but not absolutely necessary.
    Good physical condition, emotional maturity, and exhibit ability to lift and transfer residents.
  • Kind, courteous, and sincere interest in caring for the residents in long term care.
  • Willing to learn and grow personally and professionally.
  • Working congenially with others; able to communicate effectively with others and take direction.
  • Family obligation must not be a hindrance to the stability of service.
  • Holds certificate for CNA or one year experience prior to July 1986.