We also have a physician for every unit. But we add an extra layer of services by having nurse practitioners available 24/7, either on call or on the premises. We have a great team of nurses who push themselves to learn more, to become nurse practitioners. Some are still administrative, but we are still nurses with an extra kind of layer of service, able to prescribe medication and to cover for the physicians when they are not in the building, so maintaining high acuity and specialized care 24/7. This is something Haym Salomon Home is proud to offer and provide.
Whether it is long- or short-term care, which means they are going back to the community, we are trying to ease the process of safe discharge.
As nurse practitioners, we play a great role in interdisciplinary meetings. So, when the family has questions, concerns, is struggling with the process of transitional care and the acute change in medical condition, as nurse practitioners we become involved in helping them to access information and making a decision regarding how aggressively the disease is progressing and the wishes relating to the resident’s care planning. A lot of time the family is struggling. They don’t know what it means not to resuscitate or not to intervene. Sometimes it is a religious matter as well. So, we ensure that everything possible can be done. We also create a palliative care program. It is not the end of life but a way of living.
In other words, it’s about choices. If they would like to choose to be treated in a long-term care facility, Haym Salomon Home offers a five-star level of services. We can provide intravenous therapy and extensive infectious disease consultations. We have nurse practitioners who are trained in wound and pain management.