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Community Assessment Nursing Essay

2749 words - 11 pages

Assessment of Non-acute Health and Social Services in Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Laura K. Ogden

Southeastern Louisiana University

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

School of Nursing

NLAB 334

October 29, 2014

Assessment of Non-acute Health and Social Services in Ponchatoula, Louisiana

The community assessed was Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The focus of the assessment was non-acute health and social services. The community-as-partner model was used as a guide in understanding how the different parts of Ponchatoula’s community make up its core, and to apply the steps of the nursing process (Anderson and McFarlane, 2011). The ...view middle of the document...

5th street. There are 2 cars parked in front, along with one school bus. The parking lot has cracked cement, faded lines, and 6 handicapped spots in front of the building close to the door. The center sit on about an acre of land with over grown grass. The building itself is dated as evidenced by architecture, faded paint, and water stains.
The Ponchatoula lions club is located 0.6 miles east of the center of town on E. Pine St. It has a large parking lot lined with trees. There are approximately 160 parking spots and 9 designated handicap spots directly in front of the building. The brick building has 5 feet of tan aluminum on the top edge leading to the roof. Two brick enclosures containing flowers line the entrance way as well as two lion statues.
Americare home health is located about 2 miles north of the center of Ponchatoula, right before Walmart on N. highway 51. It is a white, wood panel, one story building with a front porch. There are a set of 4 stairs as well as wheelchair access to the front door. It has a short gravel driveway and is sitting on an acre of land with short green grass.
Non-Acute Care
Intracommunity/ Extracommunity
Public Health. The Tangipahoa Parish Health unit for community and preventive health is located on W. Club Deluxe road in Hammond and is available to all citizens of Tangipahoa and surrounding areas Monday through Friday from 8 to 4:30 (Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). This program is state funded and accepts most insurances and Medicaid. Some services provided weekly include, Family Planning, family planning medicine clinic, family planning re-visit, high risk nutrition, immunizations pregnancy tests, Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) testing, tuberculosis testing, vital Records, and women, infants, and children clinics (LDHH, 2014).
Rehabilitation Services. The nearest rehabilitation hospital to Ponchatoula is North Oaks Rehabilitation hospital located in Hammond (North Oaks, 2014). Patients with conditions such as; amputations, arthritis, brain injuries, major multiple traumas, orthopedic injuries, and stroke benefit from the care this hospital provides. The facility has 27 private rooms, an 8,000 square foot gym for treatment with specialized equipment, 4,847-square-foot therapeutic Aquatic Center, and a therapeutic garden. Staff includes: 1 physical medicine doctor, 1 rehabilitation doctor, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, case managers, social workers, rehabilitation nurses, nursing assistants and support staff. North Oaks claims that it’s, “rehabilitation patients make greater functional improvements when compared to similar patients across the nation, and they achieve those improvements in fewer days than patients in other rehabilitation facilities” (North Oaks, 2014).  In 2013 there were 466 patients admitted with 3.6 average number of...

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