Rose Lorentz, APRN, A-GNP, has been working at Tri-County Health Care for over 40 years. Her career has spanned decades, introducing her to thousands of patients. Each patient is a unique individual that handles aging in their own way. We all age, and Rose believes that the older generation is a foundational pillar of our community, holding years of precious wisdom. Helping them age well is a primary goal of Rose and the rest of the Tri-County team.
“I loved listening to my grandparents and their stories. They have a lot of knowledge to impart to us. I want to make sure they get the care they deserve,” said Rose. Every morning, she does her rounds at Fair Oaks Lodge, addressing various medical problems and facilitating communication between patients and physicians. Rose specializes in wound and ostomy care; a big part of her job is tending to the wounds of elderly patients.
“I was a candy striper at our local nursing home and fell in love with the older residents. That’s when I knew I wanted to make a career out of helping to make their lives better.”
Rose has considerable experience working with patients who have dementia. Patients dealing with memory loss and the slew of medical problems associated with dementia need a heightened level of care.
According to Rose, patients in memory care need to have human contact, not just in the clinical sense. They need to be treated like people. Instead of being left in a room, they need and deserve human touch. She often observes people arguing or treating dementia patients like children. This is incredibly detrimental. People with dementia are still humans. They deserve respect and Rose habitually goes out of her way to respectfully communicate with every patient during a visit.
The end of life
Facing death is an obstacle we will all face. When older adults reach the end of their lives, it stirs emotions not just in them but also in their families. Many times, it’s more difficult for the family to process the incoming loss of a loved one than it is for the patient to pass.
Rose has observed this many times. Rose and medical staff have to do everything they can to provide a comfortable atmosphere for their passing. “Many have no family to sit with them. At that point, you become their family,” explained Rose. She and the nursing home staff are like family to these patients and grieve when they die.
“I feel it is a privilege to be with someone at the end of their life. It is the closest you will get to God here on earth.”
About Rose Lorentz
Rose Lorentz has been working in the medical field since 1977. She specializes in wound, diabetic and geriatric care. In her off time, she enjoys quilting and gardening. Helping the elderly is a special passion that she holds very dear.