Who am I:
My name is Lara Dillon and I have been an LPN for over 25 years. I grew up in Webster City Iowa and have lived in Des Moines since 1994.
I have a great passion for nursing and have worked in long term care nursing for most of my career in nursing. I really enjoy the patients and love to hear about their history and all of the wisdom that they have from life experiences.
I have 2 daughters Erin 20 and Kate 17. Erin is currently a junior at UNI and is studying Education and is excited about completing her college degree. Kate is a senior at Roosevelt High School and will be going to U of I next fall. She will be studying Healthcare and Biochemistry.
In my free time I enjoy gardening, reading and any little project around my house. I have a close-knit neighborhood so I enjoy visiting and catching up with my little community in Beaverdale.
I am very excited about being at Arbor Springs and really appreciate all of the kindness that the staff has shown to me and looking forward to getting to know the patients and staff better.
What my job is:
Involves a lot of computer work to help manage resident care at Arbor Springs. MDS stands for Minimum Data Set. This is important technical jargon that means I oversee the process which assesses a resident’s behavioral, psychological, clinical, nutritional, and physical strengths/needs. I create the individualized care plan that considers the resident holistically. Families will work with me during their quarterly care conferences, along with other members of our interdisciplinary team.
Questions to ask me:
You can ask me anything! But these are questions I often answer for staff:
- How does this person transfer?
- How do I find this in the Care Plan?
- How do I chart this?