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 Patient or Resident Care

There is a manager who is responsible for the care and services provided on each unit. The Manager works with the nursing and care team members to ensure your needs are met. Please contact the manager of your unit if you have any questions or concerns.

Nursing Care

Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Health Care Aides and Unit Clerk provide Twenty-four hour care. They are available to help you as needed with your activities of daily living and to ensure your health care needs are met.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

The clinical nurse specialist is an advanced practice nurse. The CNS works with residents; families, nurses and the care team, and provides clinical expertise, consultation, support, education and leadership. As well, CNS’s take part in research including setting up evidence based best practice care.

Medical Care

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.

Social Work

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.

Food Service

The department of food service provides residents with well-balanced meals to meet nutrition needs. Besides mealtimes, snacks and drinks are available during the day and evening. If your family wishes, they may bring your favourite foods. There is a microwave oven on each unit. Some units encourage the residents and patients to eat their meals in the dining room. Please let us know what you think of the food we serve. We want to ensure that mealtimes are a pleasure for everyone and welcome your suggestions. Please contact the Manager of Resident Food Services at 204-831-2994.


The pharmacist works with doctors and other team members to see that medications are suitable and available. Specialized pharmacy services and expertise are available to those with complex health problems. Drug 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 has a policy on Resident Requested Products and a copy is available.

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 Worship Centre is open 24 hours a day for quiet reflection and specific services including Roman Catholic Mass Saturdays at 3:00pm and an Interdenominational Service Sundays at 10:30am.  Other services/ events occur as posted.

Indigenous Ceremonies

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.


Therapeutic recreation services are available to all residents and patients during the daytime and evenings. There are a wide variety of programs available. Recreation staff would be happy to give you information on how to become involved.

Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapist (OT) will assess your functional level. 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. Physiotherapy is dedicated to enhancing quality of life through restoring, maintaining, or maximizing movement and functional ability.

Communication Services

Communication Disorders provides services to adults who have difficulty with speech, language, hearing, voice and swallowing. These problems occur because of stroke, progressive disease or injury. Treatment programs by speech-language pathologists help the client in reaching maximum potential for communication and swallowing.

Respiratory Services

Respiratory Services includes diagnostic testing and therapy and services 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:

Dental Services

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.

Foot Care

Advanced foot care is available on a fee for service basis by certified experienced nurses. Talk to your nursing staff about arranging for foot care.

Assistive Technology Products and Services

ATPS provides services to adults with difficulties talking or accessing controls in their environment such as turning on the TV or lights. The ATPS program owns equipment to improve the ability to speak and enable independence for adults with physical problems. Individuals are evaluated by a speech-language pathologist or occupational therapist to decide the most beneficial equipment.

Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic services at Deer Lodge Centre include lab, x-ray, electrocardiograms, audiology and ophthalmology.

Prosthetic and Orthotic Services

Prosthetic and Orthotic services are available to residents and patients. You can use these services if you have a referral from your doctor or a prescription for artificial limbs, braces or orthopaedic shoes. Manitoba Health does not cover some of these services and you may be responsible for paying for them.