I provide preventive dental care to those who wouldn’t normally be able to receive it by going directly into Nursing Homes and Long Term Care facilities.
Residents in long term care often have complex health needs. Older adults may have difficulty brushing their teeth or dentures. Many are unable to brush well on their own or resist/refuse care. I am sensitive to each person’s needs and circumstances. I can provide care to someone in their bed, wheel chair or in my portable dental chair.
Poor oral health and/or pain from dental conditions can impact older people’s ability to chew and swallow, compromising optimal nutrient intake and hydration, increasing the risk of choking and/or falls, impacting mood and behaviour, and causing weight loss, tissue breakdown, and lesions that can lead to responsive behaviours. I support staff in helping to set realistic goals for improving day to day oral care practices. I can provide the skills necessary to help overcome the barriers and challenges providing care for those who resist dental care.
CUSTOMIZED DAILY CARE PLAN OUTLINED FOR THE NURSING TEAM THAT INCLUDES:
Recommendations for the most effective daily care routine
Educational feedback and support for residents who require assistance with their daily oral hygiene care
Enhancing care for individuals with complex physical, cognitive/mental health needs and behavioural changes
Promotion of interdisciplinary care and opportunity for shared collaboration and best practices to enhance oral /overall health
FULL DENTAL REPORT FINDINGS WILL BE MAILED TO THE SUBSTITUTE DECISION MAKER FOR OPTIMAL COMMUNICATION
Opportunity for continuous reflection of outcomes of treatment & on-going consent
Reports & invoices are completed by the Dental Hygienist
Alleviate administrative stress for the care home
Insurance plans accepted & forms are filled out for you
Educational Seminars and Oral Hygiene sessions for Health Care Providers (No Charge). Contact Sarah for details and scheduling.