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Sitka Community Hospital

Sitka Community Hospital offers a full range of health care services including general medical care, surgery, 24/7 emergency room, laboratory, radiology, rehabilitative services, outpatient clinic, home health, infusion therapy, visiting specialists and long term care. Sitka Community Hospital is an integral part of the community where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. Restore, maintain, and improve the health of those in our community through competent and compassionate delivery of care.
Our Values
Compassion: We provide a compassionate and caring experience for our patients and residents, their families and our staff.
Trust: We are open, honest, fair and transparent.
Respect: We respect all beliefs, perspectives, interests and contributions.
Excellence: We exceed the expectations of our patients and residents, their families, our staff and all stakeholders.
Commitment: We are responsible, accountable and supportive.
Teamwork: We work together as one integrated and collaborative team.

 

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Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person with Dementia

We aren’t born knowing how to communicate with a person with dementia—but we can learn. Improving your communication skills will help make caregiving less stressful and will likely improve the quality of your relationship with your loved one. Good communication skills will also enhance your ability to handle the difficult behavior you may encounter as you care for a person with a dementing illness.

  1. Set a positive mood for interaction. Your attitude and body language communicate your feelings and thoughts more strongly than your words do. Set a positive mood by speaking to your loved one in a pleasant and respectful manner. Use facial expressions, tone of voice, and physical touch to help convey your message and show your feelings of affection.
  2. Get the person’s attention. Limit distractions and noise—turn off the radio or TV, close the curtains or shut the door, or move to quieter surroundings. Before speaking, make sure you have her attention; address her by name, identify yourself by name and relation, and use nonverbal cues and touch to help keep her focused. If she is seated, get down to her level and maintain eye contact. For more information about dementia care, please visit https://www.caregiver.org/caregivers-guide-understanding-dementia-behaviors

Long Term Care

Long-term care involves a variety of services designed to meet a person’s health or personal care needs during a short or long period of time. These services help people live as independently and safely as possible when they can no longer perform everyday activities on their own. Long-term care is provided in different places by different caregivers, depending on a person’s needs. Most long-term care is provided at home by unpaid family members and friends. It can also be given in a facility such as a nursing home or in the community, for example, in an adult day care center. 

My Entry into the 2018 Edition of the International Nurses Association

Check out my official selection by the International Nurses Association for publication into the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare:

Esteemed Licensed Practical Nurse, Donna M. Inman, LPN, will be Highlighted in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

Donna M. Inman, LPN

Donna M. Inman, LPN, is a well-versed Licensed Practical Nurse who has recently retired from Sitka Community Hospital in Sitka, Alaska, where she arrived in 2003 as a travel nurse. She discovered she loved living in Southeast Alaska and decided to access a night position in Long Term Care in order to remain on the island. Donna additionally helped in the Emergency Room, Obstetrics, and Acute Care when needed. “A day position in LTC opened and I accepted. My Long-Term Care Residents became my love and passion. Caring for and meeting their medical and physical, emotional, and social needs by listening and being supportive. This includes developing a trusting relationship with their loved ones”, says Donna. She has an impressive professional journey spanning fifty-three years and her areas of expertise cover all facets of long term care, education, and dementia care. Donna continues to engage in local precepting for LTC personnel at Sitka Community Hospital. She has enjoyed a varied, exciting, and fulfilling career and has been licensed in nine states, including Illinois (nursery, pediatrics, medical/surgical nursing, intensive care), Colorado (pediatrics), Alabama (pre-employment physicals, injuries, and safety program), Arizona (private duty, intensive care, burn unit nursing), Texas (operating room-general surgery, neurology, cardiology, nephrology, and orthopedics), Indiana (working with patients with disabilities), Idaho (operating room, medical/surgical, emergency room, and obstetrics nursing), Montana (camp nurse), and Alaska (emergency room, acute care, obstetrical nursing, and long-term care). For more information about Donna M. Inman, LPN, please visit http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4135319/info/.