As long as your loved one is a resident at Grosse Pointe Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, you trust us to compassionately provide appropriate care every day.
Here are some ideas of the items you should note:
List special dietary needs and favorite foods, including cuisines from the family’s heritage and any religious or medical dietary restrictions.
Describe your loved one's ability to dress, bathe, get up from a chair, use the toilet, use the phone, climb stairs, get help in an emergency, shop, prepare meals, do housework and yard work, and drive safely.
Spell out religious and other activities that are important parts of your loved one's routine.
At Grosse Pointe Manor Nursing and Rehabiliation Center, we know that good information helps us deliver high-quality, professional care. We'd like to suggest you to consider everything that might be a factor in your loved one's health, function, and comfort. As you make a list of all these items, you may need the help of your loved one’s primary doctor. Include:
- Diagnosis of any chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, emphysema, or stroke
- Unusual weight loss or gain in a short amount of time
- Balance problems, unsteadiness while walking
- Persistent fatigue or sleeplessness
- Swollen feet or legs, or limping
- Vision problems such as cataracts, or use of vision aids
- Hearing problems; is a hearing aid needed and is one being worn?
- Dental problems such as gum disease, halitosis; need for properly fitting dentures
- Complaints of pain
Check with and list all the health professionals being seen, including specialists.
The professionals at Grosse Pointe Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recognize that illness, injury, and age can affect mental health. We know it is difficult to face these problems, but acknowleding a mental health condition is the first step to improving your loved one's care and comfort. Write up an assessment of your loved one's mental health, considering the following points.
- Diagnosis of any psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, or psychosis
- Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia
- Recent hospitalizations for any of these problems
- Mood swings, rage, or hostility
- Forgetfulness or wandering off
- Sadness or loneliness
- Decreased interest in reading, writing and communicating
- Difficulty in maintaining friends
- Decreased interest in life
At Grosse Pointe Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we stress the need for complete medical information to ensure that we deliver high-quality professional care. We need to know each resident's medication usage at admission to maintain and adjust as health improves or declines. Many individuals, especially those with chronic conditions, take multiple drugs. You must make a list of all medications. Start by looking in your loved one's medicine chest, bedside table, and kitchen. Be certain to check all physicians who may be prescribing and drugstores that may be dispensing prescription drugs to your loved one.
- List all medicines taken, prescription or over-the-counter, with frequency and dosage.
- List all herbal remedies, supplements, traditional home remedies or vitamins being used.
- Is the person able to take medications as directed and avoid interactions? Is your loved one taking prescriptions written by multiple physicians who may not be aware of other physicians who are also treating the patient?
- If there are there any obstacles to proper drug use, such as denial, forgetfulness, fear of expense or side effects, or poor understanding of the need for the drug.