Long Term Care (Nursing Home)
Mauno Kaihla Koti (nursing home) nursing home has ward, semi-private and private accommodation. Residents are encouraged to bring personal items to decorate their rooms to help with adjustment. Staff are friendly and helpful and try very hard to make each person feel comfortable and secure. Meals are provided with care and attention to special dietary needs.
All programs and services offered are regulated by the Ontario Long Term Care Homes Act. Admission to the facility is co-ordinated by the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) and Mauno Kaihla Koti.
Philosophy of Care
A philosophy of “gentle care” guides staff at Mauno Kaihla Koti in their interactions with residents. This philosophy supports the concept that the staff is working in the resident’s home. It recognizes that the resident is a unique individual with needs that may be very different from others and which are influenced by culture and physical, social, spiritual and mental well-being. One-on-one programming is emphasized so that the resident’s unique needs and interests are met.
This philosophy also acknowledges the importance of family and friends and a normal home environment and routines. Visiting hours are open. The only restriction may be during an infectious disease outbreak. Influenza vaccination is required for families and friends wishing to visit during an influenza outbreak.
Family and friends are encouraged to participate in activities, including meal times. Breakfast is generally served between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Lunch is served at noon, while supper is served at 5 p.m.
Families wishing to share a meal with residents can request a table in the Kotitalo dining room by discussing this with the Nursing and Personal Care Supervisor, or calling to KOT front desk. A fee is charged for the non-resident’s meal and can be paid at the administrative office or charged to the resident’s account (if previously approved on the admission contract).
Visits by family pets are also encouraged. Various nostalgia items are used to create a homey environment. Families are encouraged to bring pictures, plants, nick-knacks and other familiar objects from home to decorate the resident’s room. A comfortable recliner and favourite dresser are ideal furnishings.
Mauno Kaihla Koti is home to individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other cognitive or physical limitations. Most of the individuals are from Sault Ste. Marie or the District of Algoma. Ages generally range from mid 60s to late 90s.
The residents are entitled to various rights and privileges that are protected by legislation. A copy of these rights and responsibilities are posted at Mauno Kaihla Koti. They are also printed on the contract that is signed between Mauno Kaihla Koti and the resident or his/her representative upon the resident’s admission to the facility.
Residents and their families are encouraged to join the Residents’ Council at Mauno Kaihla Koti. This Council meets monthly to discuss concerns or issues affecting the resident. Minutes are taken at these meetings and reviewed by the Executive Directors and the Board of Directors of OFRA. A response to the concerns is returned in writing to the elected president of the Council.
Family members are also encouraged to join the Mauno Kaihla Koti Nursing Home Family Council whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of the residents and to give families a voice in decisions that affect them and their loved ones in the home.
On admission the Nursing and Personal Care Supervisor meets with the new resident. She gives a brief tour of the facility, including the resident’s room. She introduces the resident to the roommate (where applicable), other residents and staff. She completes an admission history and begins the Nursing Care Plan, which is a document that guides the type of care the resident will receive at Mauno Kaihla Koti. The Nursing Care Plan identifies the type of intervention required to meet any physical, social or health care need as well as the wishes of the resident regarding his/her personal care. The Nursing and Personal Care Supervisor will also ask for a signed “Health Care Directive” in which the resident or his/her Power of Attorney for Care designates the type of intervention requested in the event of the resident’s illness or a witnessed/unwitnessed cardiac arrest. Within the admission process the N&PC Supervisor will also go over the uninsured services, information consent and Parabus application.
It is a Ministry of Health standard that the individual having Power of Attorney for Financial Matters sign an Admission Contract, if possible, within five (5) days of admittance. Please call 945-9987 Ext. 212 to arrange a meeting with the Admission Clerk.
Six weeks after admission, a care conference is booked with the resident and/or POA. The Nursing and Personal Care Supervisor and/or Registered Practical Nurse, Food Services Supervisor, Recreation Therapist, Physiotherapist and HCA are present to discuss the resident’s care and any concerns raised by the resident and/or POA. At times, the dietitian may be present. The objective of this meeting is to ensure that the quality of care is maintained and the resident’s needs are met. On a routine basis, one care conference is scheduled annually by the unit clerk. The resident/POA is notified of the date and time of the care conference by telephone.