Chronic Pain and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

Health and Wellness

Studies have shown that pain has long been recognized to have a negative effect on emotional status, ability to work, social activities, interpersonal relationships, and functional ability and leads to the increased utilization of healthcare services. I chose this topic because it is personal to me. I have bone-on-bone arthritis in my hip, and my quality of life has been greatly effected because the pain is exhausting.  With that said, I am lucky because I have the tools to either ask for help or get help myself. Can you imagine having chronic pain and not being able to express your …

7 Tips for Protecting Skin While Supporting People with IDD

Health and Wellness

With the people we support at The Arc of Monroe getting older and having more medical complexities, one of the most important things we can do is protect their skin. Pressure ulcers (AKA “bedsores”) are a dangerous type of skin breakdown that can lead to infection, pain, or even death. They are caused by pressure on an area of skin that interferes with blood flow to the area causing the skin and underlying tissues to break down. A mild pressure ulcer may just look like redness or discoloration on the skin, but if left untreated, it can progress through the …

Celebrating Nurses at The Arc of Monroe

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

The observance of Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of the founder of modern nursing – Florence Nightingale. I am a bit partial, but just one week doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to express our gratitude for the selfless nurses in our lives and let them know just how much we appreciate their caring and gentle nature. But hey, it’s a start! Below are only a few of examples of what our nurses do out in the field every day: Advocate with health care providers and others involved in an …

Identifying Aspiration Pneumonia

Health and Wellness

Have you ever experienced a meal where something “went down the wrong pipe”? If so, you’ve experienced what’s known as aspiration. This is a fairly common occurrence that can occasionally lead to aspiration pneumonia when someone can’t cough up whatever has entered his or her airways. Pneumonia is a breathing condition in which there is inflammation (swelling) or an infection of the lungs or large airways. Aspiration pneumonia occurs when food, saliva, liquids, or vomit is breathed into the lungs or airways leading to the lungs, instead of being swallowed into the esophagus and stomach. As you can imagine, aspirating …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Do you love what you do? If not, perhaps a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 of the reasons ArcWorks LPN Chris Dean says working at The Arc of Monroe is so rewarding. I Feel like I’m Part of Their Lives Every day I get the opportunity to work with some of the most wonderful individuals on the planet! It makes me feel as though I am truly a part of their lives. I share in their …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Work is work, after all. Do you really need to love what you do? Yes. You do. Perhaps a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 of the reasons Direct Support Professional Kayia Phipps says working at The Arc of Monroe is so rewarding.   I Love Working at The Arc! I love working at The Arc because not only do we assist the people we support and help them reach their goals, they teach us things as well. My …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Do you love what you do? If not, perhaps a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 of the reasons Nurse Educator Amanda Crandall says working at The Arc of Monroe is so rewarding. A Warm Welcome is Always Waiting for Me As a Residential RN I loved getting to know the people that we support. No matter what kind of day I was having there was always a warm welcome waiting for me. Now as the Nurse …

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Being a Licensed Practical Nurse

Employment

My name is Nicole Miller and I’m a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). I’ve been a nurse with the Arc of Monroe for 6 1/2 years now. Right now I work at one of the residential homes, supporting the medical needs of the people who live there. A Typical Day Below is a list of activities I do as a nurse on an average day: Pass medications Run medical appointments Communicate with Doctor’s offices medical needs of people we support Order Medical Supplies and Medications Attend meeting that pertain to the individuals I support Attend Committee meetings that I am apart …

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A Dream Come True

Uncategorized

Meet Nataliya Fetsyak, a Registered Nurse at the Arc of Monroe. She immigrated from the Ukraine in 2010 with her husband and three kids, the youngest child being only eight months old. She arrived not knowing any English, but she was fulfilling her dream to live in America and provide a better life for her children. In the Ukraine, Nataliya was an elementary school teacher and her husband an engineer. They lived in a small town, in a one bedroom apartment, along with their grandmother. They were considered wealthy because they had a car. But life there did not suit …