Some residents may have difficulty breathing or clearing mucus from their airway. This requires a procedure that creates an opening in their neck to help them breathe. At DSSM, our physicians and trained nursing staff provide ongoing respiratory care for all of our residents who have such artificial airways.
When a resident is unable to orally ingest adequate amounts of food, it may become necessary to provide nutrition through a tube which goes into their stomach. When this is necessary, the DSSM clinical care team actively involves dieticians, nurses, physicians and pharmacists to provide resident assessment and care, accompanied by resident and family education.