Our facility-employed, full-time, primary care medical staff consists of salaried, board-certified Geriatricians and Nurse Practitioners, complemented by an extensive staff of consulting specialists, who are responsible for the oversight of all medical needs. This unique infrastructure enables us to diagnose and treat residents’ chronic or acute conditions while, in most instances, avoiding the trauma and inconvenience of transfer to hospitals and other diagnostic facilities.
Residents and patients are cared for by a skilled, interdisciplinary team of professionals that includes individual community nurse managers, nurses, physical, occupational and respiratory therapists, dieticians, social workers and support staff.
Our Lady of Consolation also has an Alzheimer/Dementia Educator on staff, certified by the National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care, to offer knowledge and assist in understanding the special needs and circumstances of persons with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Cancer is a chronic disease with intermittent acute episodes resulting in the need for care in various settings, including rehabilitation and long-term care. The multidisciplinary team, familiar with the patient’s disease, treatment, and prognosis will integrate all aspects of care and will assist the patient through all phases of an exacerbation of disease or chronic disease. To assist the patient after surgery, there is coordination with treating oncologists and restorative therapy. Back to Top
Cardiac/ Post Open Heart Surgery Care
Skilled nursing care and medical treatments are provided to assist in the prevention of complications and improve the rehabilitation of patients with cardiac conditions. Post open-heart surgery patients are monitored closely for incision healing and potential cardiac complications. The multidisciplinary team provides a specially designed program for cardiac care and work together to return the patient to the highest possible functional capacity. Back to Top
Chronic Renal Failure
The multidisciplinary team manages patients with renal failure maintaining ongoing communication with outpatient hemodialysis centers. An interdisciplinary team of caregivers works closely to provide and care for this patient population by maintaining laboratory values within range and ongoing monitoring for disease-related complications. Back to Top
For patients who need monitoring, teaching, and treatment for diabetes mellitus, the multidisciplinary team focuses on the prevention of complications and acknowledges that diabetic control is imperative. Our goal is to achieve consistent excellence in the care of diabetes by incorporating medical, nursing, and nutritional interventions on a comprehensive basis. Back to Top
Enteral nutrition involves the infusion of nutrients into a person's stomach or intestine via tubes placed through the nose or a surgical opening in the stomach. This feeding approach is most often used in patients who are unable to eat independently, or who have difficulty swallowing, and helps to ensure optimal nutrition, weight loss prevention, and skin breakdown. Enteral Nutrition helps to provide adequate nourishment to the patient, prolonging life and enhancing both comfort and quality of life. Back to Top
IV Antibiotic Therapy
Patients are able to complete a course of complex intravenous therapy under the supervision of registered nurses and physicians. All RNs are trained in the use of multiple different forms of IV access, including PICC lines and Mediports. Infectious Disease consultants are available if antibiotics need to be readjusted. In many cases patients also require additional skilled nursing services, such as isolation procedures, and are at risk for other medical problems. Ongoing infection control monitoring creates an environment in which complex IV therapies can be administered safely and efficiently. Back to Top
Our Lady of Consolation complies with applicable federal and state civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. Our Lady of Consolation does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.
Our Lady of Consolation provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:
Qualified sign language interpreters
Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats)
Free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as: qualified interpreters, information written in other languages.
If you need these services, contact us at 631-587-1600 ext 6538.
If you believe that Our Lady of Consolation has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way, you can file a grievance with the Patient Advocate, 111 Beach Drive, West Islip, NY 11795, or by calling 631-587-1600, ext 6676, or by faxing to 631-321-5122. If you need help filing a grievance, the Civil Rights Coordinator is available to help you. The Civil Rights Coordinator can be reached at 631-587-1600, ext 6676. You can also file a civil rights complaint with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights electronicaly through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf, or by mail or phone to: US Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 509F, HHH Building, Washington, DC 20201. Telephone number: 1-800-868-1019, TDD: 1-800-537-7697.
The multidisciplinary team focus is to help patients recover the mental and/or physical function affected by a neurological condition. Patients who have suffered strokes, paralysis, loss of memory, mobility, speech, and/or the ability to eat, receive physical, occupational, and speech therapies through a comprehensive individualized plan of treatment. Back to Top
Orthopedic rehabilitation is provided for the patients with orthopedic, arthritic, or athletic injury problems. Therapists provide evaluation and treatment of soft tissue injuries to the spine and peripheral joints, post-surgical rehabilitation of total joint replacements, and fractures, utilizing state of the art techniques and equipment, patient education, and home exercise programs. Manual therapy, mechanical treatments, and various modalities are also available. Back to Top
Palliative & Hospice Care
The goal of the Palliative Care Program is to help patients and residents achieve the highest-possible quality of life throughout every stage of illness. Medical, emotional, spiritual and social needs are at the forefront to help patients and their families through the complex problems associated with serious, life-threatening illness.
In collaboration with Good Shepherd Hospice, care is available for families and patients needing 24-hour per day nursing care and counseling for the terminally ill, pain management and comfort remain paramount. There are multiple attending physicians and consultants who are all board certified in palliative and hospice care. Hospice philosophy recognizes death as the final stage of life and helps patients to continue an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last days may be without pain or discomfort and surrounded by loved ones. Back to Top
Here at Our Lady of Consolation, we believe it is extremely important to provide a faith community where our residents can continue to worship their Creator in ways to which they are accustomed. Our priest-chaplain offers Mass during the week, including Sundays, and provides for all the sacramental needs of our residents. Rosary, Novena, and Divine Mercy services are also available for residents and patients as well as choir practice. Protestant services take place on Thursday mornings, with an afternoon fellowship hour. Four interfaith small Christian communities (including one on the Alzheimer/Dementia Unit) meet weekly to discuss the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday and to offer prayer, hymns, and thanks. The first Friday of the month we offer benediction and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and well as a monthly resident/staff memorial mass.
Our Lady of Consolation celebrates all Christian holidays by both the Catholic and Protestant communities. Chaplains, Eucharistic Ministers, and Spiritual Care Companions visit residents and bring communion on a daily basis. We welcome residents of all faiths to participate in our pastoral care activities, especially our prayer groups. In addition we make every effort to encourage our residents and rehabilitation patients to remain connected to their home faith communities. Bereavement Groups help our residents’ families, and the local community as well, to deal with their feelings of grief and loss. Back to Top
Post Surgical Care
Post surgical care may require a combination of intravenous medications, wound care, nutritional support, skilled nursing care, and physical therapy during the recovery period. The multidisciplinary team focuses on incision healing, pain control, and rehabilitation. Back to Top
The Therapeutic Recreation department strives to promote joy and hope through meaningful and therapeutic leisure programs that re-create the spirit of all our residents and patients. The comprehensive, individualized programs are comprised of cognitive, physical, intellectual, creative, social, and solitary recreational pursuits. Our goals are to educate, rehabilitate, and encourage resident and patient participation in programs of their choice. Our highly experienced and specialized staff hold a minimum of a two or four-year degree in recreation, or in a closely related field. Our Lady of Consolation is unique in that most of the recreational therapy staff have earned their professional national and state certifications.
Therapeutic Recreation services are provided daily, including weekends, holidays, and evenings. Therapeutic resident and patient-specific programs can take place in a variety of settings such as our spacious auditorium, dining rooms, dayrooms, lounges, recreational therapy office, room bound, and the outside grounds. Community contacts and outings, special events, intergenerational and pet therapy, computer access and education, art therapy, happy hour, and other cultural, age-appropriate programs round out our dynamic recreational therapy services. Resident and patient-driven interests and programs are highly encouraged.
An in-house, closed circuit television system allows each resident to access movies and sensory DVD’s. Family members and friends are encouraged to join their loved one in participating in any of our scheduled programs. Back to Top
Social Workers in each community assist residents and their family members with adjustment to Our Lady of Consolation. We understand that becoming comfortable in a new environment takes time and our certified social workers are experienced in providing counseling to individuals and families. Social workers advocate for each individual resident’s needs and preferences. Our comprehensive knowledge of community resources enable us to provide discharge planning as needed for residents returning to the community. After rehabilitation care, patients will be assisted with discharge plans and connected with home care as necessary. Back to Top
The multidisciplinary team works closely to return the patient to the highest possible functional capacity allowed by his/her vascular diagnosis. Patients with cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, venous disease, lower limb arterial insufficiency, and non-healing leg ulcers are provided care in an effort to increase independence and decrease complications of vascular disease. Back to Top
The multidisciplinary team is dedicated to the care of patients with surgical, pressure, and vascular wounds. This specialized team of professionals provides comprehensive inpatient services for those who require expert care for skin and wound healing. Wound Vac therapy is available as well as on-site certified Wound Care Nurses. Components of the Wound Care/Skin Integrity Program include specialty dressings, 24-hour attention and treatment, specialized airflow mattresses, and tracking and documentation of outcomes. Back to Top
Our nursing staff has the knowledge and compassion to serve the elderly, the disabled, and those recuperating from illness or injury in a resident-centered care environment. Nursing care is provided through an interdisciplinary approach to maximize the highest quality of care received by our residents. Specialized programs are provided to enhance positive clinical outcomes as well as enriching the resident’s quality of life. These goals are achieved by involving our resident’s families and working together to facilitate desirable outcomes.