Care Team Members
The following professions may take part in your care at Deer Lodge Centre depending on your particular care needs. Each unit has assigned team members who will meet with you soon after your admission and periodically during your stay based on your needs.
Manager of Resident/ Patient Care
There is a Manager of Resident/Patient Care who is responsible for the care and services provided on each unit who works with the nursing and interdisciplinary care team members to ensure your needs are met.
Clinical Resource Nurse (CRN)
The CRN is responsible for providing clinical support and expertise to nurses, assumes a leadership role in coordinating patient/resident care and promotes an interdisciplinary patient/resident centered approach to care based on evidence informed best practice.
Registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and licensed practical nurses available 24-hour per day to assess, implement and evaluate your nursing care. They are available to help you as needed with your activities of daily living and to ensure your health care needs are met. Health care aides provide personal care and assistance under the direction and supervision of the nurses on the unit.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
The clinical nurse specialist is an advanced practice nurse who works with residents, families, nurses and the care team. The CNS also provides clinical expertise, consultation, support, education, leadership and facilitates research on evidence informed best practice.
Deer Lodge Centre provides 24-hour medical coverage as follows:
- Your unit has an Attending Doctor who visits weekly and will be your primary care doctor.
- A House Medical Officer is available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- An On-Call Doctor is available from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. seven days per week.
Social Work can help individuals by reducing stress and improving their ability to function when they face problems that interfere with their well- being. Support may include admission and discharge planning, help with financial and legal matters and help in accessing community resources. A social worker can support clients with physical or emotional problems, help to problem solve if a crisis occurs, and facilitate family and staff communications.
Food and Nutrition Services/ Clinical Nutrition Services
Your Unit Registered Dietitian will assess your nutrition needs on admission, or shortly afterwards and is available to address any concerns you may have related to your nutritional well-being. The Registered Dietitian will set up the proper meals to help manage your medical conditions and can help you make healthy, informed decisions about nutrition and food.
The Department of Food Services provides residents with well-balanced meals to meet nutrition needs. The food is provided by the Regional Distribution Facility. Besides mealtimes, snacks and drinks are available during the day and evening. We encourage the residents and patients to eat their meals in the dining room. We want to ensure that mealtimes are pleasurable for everyone.
The pharmacist works with doctors and other team members to identify your medication needs. Medication reviews and health assessments are done regularly to ensure the best course of treatment.
Supplements and herbal preparations can interact with prescribed medications or some treatments. It is important that you tell the care team about any supplements or herbal preparations you or your family member is taking. Deer Lodge Centre follows the Use of Natural Health Products by Residents in Personal Care Homes and Long Term Care and a copy can be made available to you.
Spiritual Health Services
At Deer Lodge Centre, we recognize the importance of caring for spiritual and emotional needs as an important part of the whole person. Spiritual Health Care is provided by clinically trained Spiritual Health Practitioners (SHPs) who serve and support people of all faiths and non-faith backgrounds. SHPs can assist in accessing religious/ spiritual resources and facilitating a connection to your own minister, priest, rabbi, imam or other religious leader. SHPs are here to support patients/ residents, families and staff. The second floor Worship Centre is open 24 hours a day for quiet reflection and specific religious services as advertised.
The Spirit Room in the Worship Centre at Deer Lodge was specially designed to accommodate smudging. Indigenous ceremonies are facilitated at the solstices and equinoxes and led by Indigenous Health Services. Patients, residents and families may also invite their own elder to lead a smudge. The Spirit Room is open 24 hours a day with specific instructions onsite. More information about Indigenous Health is available here.
There are therapeutic recreation services on each of the units that strive to meet the recreational needs of the residents. There are a wide variety of programs available. Therapeutic recreation staff would be happy to provide you information on how to become involved.
The occupational therapist (OT) provides assessment, treatment, education, and management of issues related to function. The OT will make recommendations for adaptive equipment such as a wheelchair, raised toilet seat, dressing aids, and splints that can help improve or maintain your functional abilities.
Physiotherapy Services provides assessment, treatment, education, and management of physical impairments, injury, or pain to all areas of patient and resident care at Deer Lodge Centre on a limited basis. Physiotherapy is dedicated to enhancing quality of life through restoring, maintaining, or maximizing movement and functional ability.
Speech Language Pathology
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide assessment and treatment of swallowing and communication. Stroke, progressive disease or injury may result in difficulties with speech, language, voice or swallowing. SLPs help residents in reaching maximum potential for communication and swallowing.
Respiratory Therapy services including diagnostic testing and therapy are available to all residents and patients.
Other Health Services
Besides the care team, Deer Lodge Centre is also able to provide on-site access to the following services depending on your needs:
The University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry operates a dental service at Deer Lodge Centre that is available to residents. The resident or patient pays the cost of dental services or may be covered by his or her dental plan.
Communication Devices Program (CDP)
The CDP provides services to adults within the Province of Manitoba who have difficulty with verbal communication. The CDP owns equipment that may improve the ability to communicate face to face and enable greater independence.
Individuals are evaluated by the unit Speech Language Pathologist and/or Occupational Therapist to determine if a referral to the Communication Devices Program is appropriate.
For a referral, please contact your unit Speech Language Pathologist or Occupational Therapist. For more information about the CDP, please call (204) 831-3430.
Advanced foot care is available on a fee for service basis by certified foot care nurses. Patients, residents and families can hire privately for these services using the Privately Hired Caregivers Policy and forms. Talk to your nurse about arranging foot care.
Diagnostic services at Deer Lodge Centre include lab, x-ray and electrocardiograms.
End of Life Care
Deer Lodge Centre is committed to providing compassionate and supportive care to patients and residents and their families during the time surrounding death. Please see some resources below related to End of Life Care: