At Diversicare, we treat patients with a broad range of complicated medical conditions. These patients are closely monitored by our nurses, therapists and their doctors, so their treatment plan can be adjusted in response to any changes in condition.
We strive to engage, align and integrate patient, resident and family expectation of care and recovery with those of the interdisciplinary team. We base this method of coordinating care on nursing and therapy goals and psycho-social needs.
Within 24 hours of admission to our centers, the interdisciplinary team assesses each patient’s function. Within 72 hours of admission, each patient has an individualized care plan.
The medication needs of our patients and residents are complex and unique to each person. As such, medication management is a priority and requires a collaborative effort by our Pharmacy Management Team. The team includes prescribers, nurses, and consultant pharmacists. Our consultant pharmacists receive extensive training and are experts in geriatric medication management. The team works closely together to review each patient and resident’s medications to identify potential overuse, misuse and underuse of medications. Through this evaluation process and on-going monitoring, we are able to optimize medication outcomes for our patients and residents.
Intravenous (IV) therapy may be used to provide nutrition or medication. It helps restore and maintain a patient’s normal fluid and electrolyte balance. Our nursing team administers IV fluids according to physician orders, maintains and monitors injections sites, and regularly changes tubing and dressing.
Diversicare provides wound care in each of our facilities. We focus on wound healing and prevention of skin care complications. Wounds can occur for a variety of reasons, from post-surgery complications to normal skin aging. The interdisciplinary wound care team includes physical, and occupational therapists, registered dietitians and registered nurses with a care plan led by a physician.
We treat a variety of wound conditions and provide an array of services including, but not limited to:
- Pressure ulcers
- Diabetic/neuropathic wounds
- Venous insufficiency ulcers
- Arterial insufficiency ulcers
- Post-surgical wounds, grafts and flaps
- Infected and/or draining wounds requiring IV antibiotics
- Wounds requiring frequent dressing changes
- Post-traumatic wounds
Lifestyle and diet play a major role in keeping your blood sugar in check. Our interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and dieticians create unique plans to help manage diabetes. We help patients and residents prevent complications by regularly providing:
- Blood sugar tests
- Lab work-ups
- Weight screening
- Dietary supervision
- Skin monitoring
- Dental exams and oral care
- Eye exams
Our Registered Dieticians use their expertise to plan healthy, nutritious meals to match each individual’s needs and preferences. Our nurses and dietary teams also provide instruction to help maintain independence and control diabetes.
Residents, who are physically able, are encouraged to participate in exercise and other physical activities to improve insulin response and management.
At Diversicare, we guide our patients and residents to the type of long term dialysis that best matches their needs.
Dialysis is typically provided in a Dialysis Center, separate from our care centers. Individuals are transported for their scheduled sessions. We make every effort to schedule dialysis appointments around participation in therapies, therapeutic activities and center social events.
Physical therapists strive to help you reach your goals and get you back to doing what you love. We examine, evaluate and treat patients and residents to help relieve pain, promote healing and restore function and movement.
People have different body types, movement patterns, therapy needs and treatment responses. Our therapists perform a personalized evaluation, establish patient-specific goals and adjust therapy treatment to generate optimal results for each individual.
Our Occupational Therapists teach patients how to safely and effectively perform activities of daily living, including cooking, bathing and dressing. Through the use of assessment and treatment, our therapists enhance each patient’s ability to develop, recover or maintain their independence with daily tasks.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists are experts in the assessment and rehabilitation of communication and swallowing disorders (dysphagia). These disorders may be caused by neurological conditions, such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Specialized therapeutic programs, including vital stimulation and LSVT, focus on improving the swallowing safety and functional communication through individualized strategies, based on the patient’s specific impairments.
Our care team is trained to provide a high level of medical care, supervision and compassionate support to our patients and residents around the clock. We coordinate the care, treatment and services across the continuum, based on each individual’s treatment goals and needs.
A Diversicare Medical Director oversees the care, treatment, and services provided, is available to families and healthcare professionals for consultation and education, and helps to lead the team in care best practices.