Heart Health:

Congestive Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Most cases of heart failure can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle and reducing your risk for heart disease. The Pines monitoring program for Congestive Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease includes:

  • 8375263_sMonitor changes in lung sounds, blood pressure, weights, diet, circulation and medications
  • Oversee oxygen delivery and inhalation therapy
  • Communicating with family physician, hospitals and other health care providers to achieve overall maximum health

Diabetes Management:

We recognize managing diabetes entails more than diet control and insulin assistance. The Pines At Clarks Summit offers:

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  • Diabetic certified resident associates
  • Diet planning and diet adjustment, offering a specialized NCS diet
  • Sliding scale insulin dosing and administration
  • Blood glucose testing: routine and fasting to obtain optimal blood glucose levels
  • Observation for signs and symptoms of a hypo or hyperglycemic event and ketoacidosis

Coumadin Monitoring:

The Pines understands the importance of Coumadin management. The nurse adheres to the attentiveness in the monitoring process along with communicating results and changes to both the physician and resident. The nurse will:

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  • Provide the resident and family education to assist in the understanding of why and how the medication works and the importance of frequent lab tests and med dose changes
  • Monitor and understands the drug interactions that may increase or decrease blood clotting time
  • Communicate information and observation to members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Obtain and monitor medication as ordered by physician
  • Supervise highly trained staff who understands the side effects of Coumadin therapy.
  • Communicate with lab and arrange for STAT testing as needed
  • Arrange accordingly to physician orders for routine lab draws

Physical Therapy and Other On-Site Therapies:

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  • The Pines has on-site suites for visiting Physical Therapist, Speech Therapist and Occupational Therapists
  • The Pines will coordinate with visiting agencies and physicians to ensure a smooth process of healing and strengthening