Our Staff consists of: Nursing including General & Psychiatric, Medical, Healthcare Assistants, Catering, Household, Allied Health Professionals, Administration, Pastoral Care, Maintenance, Gardener, Supplies Officer, Laundry, Hairdresser and Diversional therapy staff.
The nursing team is lead by the Person in Charge. A defined complement of nursing staff for the home is in place. Clinical Supervisor(s), Staff Nurses and Health Care Assistants deliver care using a team approach and resident allocation which includes the assessing, planning, implementing and reviewing of resident’s plan of care on a three monthly basis or more frequently as care needs require. Healthcare Assistants support the Nursing Team in providing individualised care to all residents. The role of the care staff is to enable and empower residents to achieve independence within the limits of their disability. This comprehensive assessment and care plan will involve the input of members of the multidisciplinary team, in consultation with the resident and their family.
Prior to admission, each resident will be offered a choice of medical care. They may retain their own General Practitioner or transfer over to a General Practitioner of their choice. Alternatively, residents may wish to avail of the service of The Medical Officer in St. Joseph’s Community Nursing. Out of hours, medical cover is provided by North East Doc-on Call.
The Multidisciplinary Team
St. Joseph’s Community Nursing Unit has a Medical Officer, Senior Physiotherapist, Podiatrist/Chiropodist, Dietitian, Speech and Language Therapist, Pharmacist, with a referral service to Dental, Occupational Therapy, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry of Old Age and Safeguarding & Protection Team. Each resident’s medication is reviewed in conjunction with the nurse, doctor and pharmacist.
St Joseph’s Community Nursing Unit incorporates a large purpose built kitchen, which caters for residents. All meals are cooked fresh each day in accordance with specific Regulations. Meals are served directly to residents in the dining room. Alternatively residents have the choice of receiving their meals in alternative rooms available.
Designated Household staff clean all areas daily. Hygiene Audits determine the standard of hygiene within the Centre.
Diversional Therapy Department
We strive to ensure residents maintain a lifestyle in the Centre that is consistent with their previous routines, expectations and preferences and satisfies their social, cultural, language, religious and recreational interests and needs, prior to admission. This is achieved by drawing up an individualised Social & Activity Plan of Care in conjunction with the resident and/or their representative. As part of the care team, a diversional therapist provides a daily activity programme for residents through group or individual sessions.
Spiritual and Pastoral Care
St Joseph’s CNU has a Chapel where residents/families are welcome to visit at any time. We take care of the spiritual needs of our residents with the support of local clergy of all denominations.
When Palliative care is required our goal is to achieve the highest possible quality of life for the resident and best support for the family by Meath Specialist Palliative Care Team.
However St. Joseph’s Community Nursing Unit has a laundry department which will assist families who are not in a position to take their residents clothes home.
The services of the hairdresser are available to all of our residents. There is a cost to you for this service which will be provided to you on admission.
Residents can order newspapers at their own expense which will be delivered to the home daily. If residents wish to purchase other items, staff will assist with facilitating their request. A vending machine stocking confectionary, soft drinks, and crisps is available on site.
However the Centre has a smoking room designated to residents who smoke which is in compliance with smoking regulations and Fire Officer requirements.
Letters will be posted for clients and post received will be distributed daily.