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Brighton Ridge, represent the fundamental link in the continuum of long-term care. Our job is to provide 24-hour nursing care to those who are chronically ill or injured, have health care needs as well as personal needs and are unable to function independently. But, Brighton Ridge is about more than medical care. It’s a place where patients can go on with their lives – and even engage in many activities they may have never taken part in before – while under the secure and capable watch of a team of trained caregivers.

In addition to the higher level of care and services they provide, Brighton Ridge is separated from other types of long-term care providers by an extremely high level of oversight by both state and federal governments. Specific federal regulations apply to all nursing homes that participate in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. These regulations include everything from patient rights to fire safety to patient care provisions for quality of life and quality of care. All but a half dozen or so of Arkansas’ nursing homes participate in Medicare or Medicaid and are subject to federal regulations.

The state also requires Brighton Ridge administrators to be licensed by the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators. Other health care professionals required to be provided or employed by Arkansas nursing homes include physicians, nurses and therapists who are licensed by their respective professional boards.

Compliance with all state and federal regulations is ensured through annual inspections, known in the long-term care industry as “surveys.” These are performed on an unannounced basis by the staff of the Health Care Facilities division of the state Department of Health. Surprise inspections typically involve a team of three to five inspectors who spend several days in the facility. Arkansas survey system is designed to make sure that long-term care facilities meet professional quality standards and that care is provided in a clean, safe and properly-managed environment.

Professional Caregivers
For every patient, Brighton Ridge has a single mission: to enhance the abilities rather than the disabilities of that individual while providing comprehensive care that upholds his quality of life. To accomplish this, each staff member, from the maintenance supervisor to the bookkeeper, must work as a team to see that high standards are met.

Here are some descriptions of the trained and experienced professionals you’ll find at Brighton Ridge:

Administrator – Administrators must meet state qualifications and pass an exam. To remain licensed, they must earn 18 hours of approved continuing education credit each year. Administrators are responsible for facility operations as well as compliance with regulations.

Medical Director – Medical directors can work full time or as consultants. They work in cooperation with each patient’s individual physician to oversee implementation of a care plan.

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Registered Nurses (RN) – State and federal regulations help determine the number of registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN) and CNAs on staff at a nursing home at any given time. The nursing staff is supervised by an RN who serves as director of nursing (DON). Long-term care nurses are tested and licensed just as nurses working in hospitals and physicians’ offices are.

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) – CNAs have the most interactions with patients. One way to understand the role of CNAs is by referring to activities of daily living (ADL), such as bathing, dressing, toileting, eating and transferring (from a wheelchair, bed or chair). The average Arkansas nursing home patient needs assistance with at least four of the five ADLs.

Dietary Supervisor – A dietary supervisor manages the daily operations of the food services department, in conjunction with a registered dietitian who either is on staff or serves as a regular consultant. Therapeutic diets ordered by physicians must be followed, but dietary staffs try to incorporate patients’ individual tastes as much as possible in planning menus.

Activity Coordinators – Activity coordinators provide non-medical care that is essential to patients’ overall well-being and satisfaction. Activity plans are developed to include meaningful activities that reflect patients' interests and lifestyle.

Social Service Worker – A social service worker’s role is to serve as a counselor to patients and families, easing their adjustment to nursing home life. Social service workers are essential to the admissions process when emotional, social and financial difficulties sometimes arise. By keeping abreast of community resources, social service workers assist patients and families in identifying and obtaining services available to them.

Environmental Service Workers
– Environmental service workers maintain a clean, safe environment for patient care while making sure proper improvements are made to the facility.

Special Services
The staff of professional caregivers described previously provides care that is available at every Arkansas nursing facility. In addition, the typical facility has a number of other professionals who provide patient services including:

  • Dental – both regular and emergency dental care
  • Eye care – arrangement for optometrist or ophthalmologist
  • Laboratory – to provide analysis of tests ordered by physicians
  • Mental health – to address mental and emotional needs of nursing facility patients (Nursing homes are not staffed or intended to treat serious mental illness.)
  • Occupational therapy – restorative retraining of the use of the extremities through repetition of the mechanics of such daily activities as bathing, eating, dressing and grooming
  • Physical therapy – rehabilitation of patients with disabilities or injuries using massage, exercise, heat, water, etc.
  • Podiatry – treatment of foot disorders by a podiatrist
  • Speech therapy – treatment of communication and swallowing disorders
  • Radiology – X-rays and their analysis
  • Respiratory therapy – treatment of breathing difficulties and disorders

Family Involvement: A Key to Success
Brighton Ridge strives to provide patients with a home-like environment while keeping them safe and promoting their well-being. Activities are offered to foster a home-like atmosphere, and staff and patients often become quite close.

But anyone who has ever moved away from home – out of state, or even out of town – knows how it feels to be surrounded by the unfamiliar. It’s unsettling. Add to that the stress of declining independence or the stress of having a chronic illness or permanent disability, and the feelings go from a bit unsettling to frightening.

Families play a key role in helping their loved ones adjust to life at Brighton Ridge. One way to make the experience more positive and comfortable is, of course, to visit regularly and spend quality time together. Try to incorporate things your loved one enjoyed doing prior to moving into a nursing home. For example, if he enjoyed reading, start a book together that can be read aloud one chapter at a time. If he loved perusing the newspaper every day, make sure his subscription is continued.

Most of all, enjoy the time spent with your loved one. And remember, if you have to miss a visit, a meaningful phone call or letter will be well received, too.


 

 
 


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