How Does A Social Worker Help Me In A Skilled Rehab Nursing Center?

How Does A Social Worker Help Me In A Skilled Rehab Nursing Center?

by Catherine Denlinger, MSW, LSW
Director of Social Services
The GRAND of Dublin

Social WorkerSocial workers are a part of the interdisciplinary team that will assist you from the admission process to your discharge from a center. The team consists of Nursing, Activities, Dietary, Therapy and Social Services.  Our emphasis is on advocating, empowerment and making sure that your psychosocial needs are met.  We will assist you with advocating your wants/needs.  We want to make sure that your stay is as comfortable as possible.   We will empower you to increase your independence.  We want you to ensure your resident rights are respected and that your dignity is maintained.  We will assist with referrals needed to assure your psychosocial well-being.  We can assist with arranging counseling services, psychiatric services, spiritual services and so forth.  A social worker will assist you with making safe discharge plans for home.   This may be returning home to live alone, with family, at a Senior Living Center in Assisted Living, Independent Living or Long Term Care.  We will assist you with making sure that you have your medication, follow up appointments, home medical equipment and home health care services or outpatient therapy services arranged.

Here, at The Grand of Dublin, you will be met by a social worker shortly after your arrival.  We will welcome you to the center, provide you with our business card, explain our role and assist with any concerns/issues and/or questions that you may have.  We will further discuss preliminary discharge planning and schedule a care conference with you and your loved one(s) for a few days after you arrive.  At the care conference, along with the interdisciplinary team, we will discuss goals, length of stay, discharge planning in more detail and address any issues/concerns that you or your loved one(s) may have.  During your stay, we are here to ensure that your psychosocial needs are met in a timely manner.  We are available to you if you need us for anything!  Toward the end of your stay with us, we (along with some members of the interdisciplinary team) will meet with you to discuss and finalize your needs for a safe discharge.  We will order your home medical equipment if needed, discuss follow-up appointments and set up home health care services and/or outpatient therapy services for you.  We can make referrals to social service agencies.  We will also meet with you to review your medication needs along with our Pharmacy Technician.  Our social services department looks forward to meeting you and assisting you through your recovery process.

The GRAND News February 2018

Newsletter for February 2018

Looking for Love- Valentines Facts

  • 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion.
  • Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the observance, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.
  • Research reveals that more than half of the U.S. population celebrates Valentine’s Day by purchasing a greeting card.
  • Americans spend around $277 million on Valentine cards every year, second only to Christmas
  • Groundhog Day was originally observed on February 14
  • Valentine’s Day is a $14.7 billion industry in the U.S
  • On Valentine’s Day, nearly 189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S
  • A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year

Valentine’s Day Raffle

We will be raffling off Valentine’s gift baskets. Each department has created a unique and creative basket for Valentine’s Day.  Raffle tickets are $1.00. Drawing will be February 14.

Groundhog Day

Every February 2, thousands gather at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to await the spring forecast from a special groundhog. Known as Punxsutawney Phil, this groundhog will emerge from his simulated tree trunk home and look for his shadow, which will help him make his much-anticipated forecast. According to legend, if Phil sees his shadow the United States is in store for six more weeks of winter weather. But, if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, the country should expect warmer temperatures and the arrival of an early spring.

February 13th

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras party

♪ ♪ live music ♪ ♪

French donuts!

February 14th

Valentine’s Day formal! Music, treats, chocolates and dancing

February Firsts

Many firsts happened in February. Here are just a few.

2004 Facebook launched.

1971 Alan Shepard became the first person to golf on the moon.

1968 Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted.

1964 The Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1959 Barbie first introduced.

1948 First Polaroid “Land” camera went on sale.

1937 Nylon material patented by DuPont.

1935 Monopoly first sold in stores.

1930 Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in a plane.

1923 King Tut’s burial chamber opened.

1920 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police formed.

1910 Boy Scouts founded.

1878 Phonograph patented by Thomas Edison.

1849 Gold seekers arrived in San Francisco.


What’s Lucky in February?

Lucky Colors: Pink and Red

Lucky Day: Monday

Lucky Letters: F and Y

Lucky Numbers: 3 and 7

Lucky Plant: African violet

If you, your Church, and/or organization are interested in volunteering in the facility please contact Tarah Boyer, Regional Activities Director 614.389.0822 or


December 2017 Employee of the Month

Employee Name: Lisa Fetters
Position: RN
Length of Service: 1 ½ years

Reason they won EOM: loyal, dedicated, kind, wonderful employee that is always willing to take that extra step in making sure our residents are well taken care of. Very helpful and understanding. The residents, the families and the staff always compliment her on what an excellent job she does! Thank you for all the great work you do!

Favorite Sports Team: Trained to like OSU, CAVS, Browns
Favorite Food: Everything
Hobbies/Interests: refinish furniture, traveling, spend time w/family
Family: husband- Paul, daughter-Lennon, one on the way- Trevyn Alexander

Job Fair January 24, 2018

Job Fair – Open Interviews
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
1pm to 3:30pm

Bring your resume and join us for our job fair Wednesday afternoon. Open interviews for:
STNA – State Tested Nursing Assistants
Dietary Positions
Housekeeping Positions

The GRAND of Dublin
4500 John Shields Parkway
Dublin, Ohio 43017

Job Fair


Volunteer Life

By Sara Katula
Activities Director
The GRAND of Dublin

Volunteer Life at The Grand of Dublin

Volunteers are a vital part of the senior living community and have many advantages not only for the residents but for the volunteers themselves. Volunteering your time, talent, and skills can provide meaningful activities and programs for residents.

Volunteer JoeAt the Grand of Dublin, our volunteer coordinator sets up volunteers with activities and tasks that are beneficial to the volunteer and resident. The residents receive extra one on one attention as volunteers visit with them and do different activities. Volunteers can help with a wide array of activities including bingo, ice cream socials, crafts, meals, and musical performances. Religious services are very important to the majority of our residents. Columbus Vineyard Church volunteers their time and provides a non-denominational service once a month; St. Peter’s Catholic Church comes in monthly for Mass and Communion, and a Worship Praise Group that comes in monthly to perform on Main Street so all residents, staff, and visitors can either join a long or just listen. One of our dedicated volunteers, Joe Hudak who comes in at least once a week helps serve at our ice cream social every Wednesday and performs gospel Hymns in the chapel on Thursdays.

We have a variety of different volunteer programs offered including our Dublin Power plus program and our junior volunteer program. Our junior volunteer program consists of volunteers from Dublin and Olentangy City schools, and Bishop Watterson Catholic Schools. Our goal is to help encourage these junior volunteers to make this a long term commitment after their school program is completed.

Last year, The Grand of Dublin had over 1,000 events or activities ran by volunteers. Most of our residents develop relationships with these volunteers and look forward to their visits. Volunteering at senior living communities helps improve the life of residents, add to job experiences, and build friendships. If you are interested in volunteering at The Grand of Dublin please contact Tarah Boyer at


What is a Pharmacy Technician?

By Andrea Hartley, CPhT
Pharmacy Technician / Central Supply Manager
The GRAND of Dublin

Pharmacy Technician

Hello, my name is Andrea and I am the pharmacy technician at The Grand.  Most skilled care & rehab facilities do not have a pharmacy technician; most facilities do not see a need for one.  I can tell you that I help many people during their stay here to understand their medication lists and get what they need, both here and when it’s time for discharge.

What to Expect

Pharmacy Technician If you stay with us at The Grand, I will likely visit you twice.  The first time will be a day or two after your admission.  I will come to your room and make sure that we have received all of your medications from our pharmacy, Omnicare.  At The Grand, all of your medications are stored in a locked cabinet in your private room, instead of in a cart with other patient’s medications.  I will also ask if your pain is being managed effectively; I want to make sure your pain medication (if applicable) is being administered when needed and that you know what you are taking and how often you may have it.

My second visit will likely be a day or two before your scheduled discharge. I will have a list of your medications in hand and we will discuss any changes our doctor has made and I will answer any questions you might have.  I will also confirm which prescriptions you need us to provide when you go home.

I also do work behind-the-scenes to make the Grand a better place to stay.  I suggest alternatives to high cost medications to help lower healthcare costs.  I assist the nurses with getting medications from the pharmacy.  I help maintain our emergency medication stock so we will be prepared when you need a medication that hasn’t arrived yet.  You won’t see me doing these things, but your stay will be better because I am here.

Stop in and see me in the pharmacy at The Grand, at the corner of Main Street and the entrance to the White Ash unit.

January 2018 Newsletter

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday in the United States, commemorates the birthday of the noted civil rights leader and nonviolent activist. Celebrated the third Monday in January, it usually falls within a few days of his actual birth date of January 15. This year, Martin Luther King Day, also known as MLK Day, will be celebrated on January 15th.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

 – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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