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.
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.
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 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 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.
The chaplains help residents and families with their spiritual questions. They are trained to visit people from many different religious backgrounds and those who have no formal religious beliefs. They are here to listen to you and support you. They can also help you keep in touch with your own minister, priest, elder, rabbi, imam or other spiritual leader.
The Spirit Room in the Worship Centre at Deer Lodge was specially designed to accommodate smudging. Aboriginal ceremonies are provided quarterly by the WRHA Aboriginal Spiritual Care Provider. Aboriginal residents, patients and families may also invite their own elder to lead a smudge. The Spirit Room is open 24 hours a day. It may be reserved to ensure availability. The door to the Spirit Room must be shut during the actual ceremony.
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.
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 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 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:
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.
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 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.