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Charles E. Smith Life Communities
What is a typical day like?
You’ll be encouraged to do as much as
you can on your own – this is part of
maintaining your independence. Let us
know if there is a particular time of day
you prefer to bathe.
To begin your day, a nursing staff
member will be in to provide any assistance
you may need in getting dressed and
groomed. A buffet breakfast is served in the
dining room from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Your day
can be as fully scheduled or as relaxed as
you prefer. A wide range of recreational
and social activities takes place on your unit
and throughout the building during the day,
and you may join as many as you like.
Enjoy a “home-style” lunch
in the dining room from noon to 1:30 p.m.
You may visit the bank or the beauty parlor,
sit outside in nice weather, or borrow a book
from our library shelves.
Dinner is served in the dining
room from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Evenings can be
a good time for social visits. Nursing staff
will assist you with any bedtime preparation
you may require.
Who should I talk to if I have a question about care?
Although there are no hard and fast rules
about who specifically to call with any par-
ticular question, here are some general
guidelines for beginning a conversation:
• Since nursing is our core service, the best
place to begin is usually with your nurse
manager (the nurse who has overall
responsibility for your unit) or the charge
nurse (the nurse who does daily nursing
procedures and supervises the nursing
assistants). Ask about routine care, what
medications are being taken, doses, test
results, status of pain and similar concerns.
Ask the nurse about eating, showering and
daily living.
• Discuss more clinically-based issues with
your physician, such as prognosis, overall
plan of care, goals of treatment and the
course and status of any disease processes
that may be present. Advance directives
and end-of-life discussions are part of the
resident/physician relationship.
• For residents on the Evercare program,
the best source of information is the
Evercare nurse practitioner. Information
regarding clinical status, advance directives
and questions typically answered by the
doctor can usually be answered by the
nurse practitioner. Your Evercare nurse
practitioner can be contacted through
your nurse manager or unit secretary.
• Your social worker may also be helpful
in directing you to the right person.
Names of staff assigned to each shift are
posted on a whiteboard in residents’ rooms.
Thank you for choosing us
Please let us know if there is anything we
can do to make your stay more comfortable.
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