Kathleen Fitzgerald, Director
Kathleen is the Director and owner of Prairie Adult Care Inc. She received her education in nursing, optics, and business administration. She has a diverse background, working in the administration of local clinics, nursing homes, home care, and the school district. Through her work in the community, along with being a family caregiver, Kathleen has identified a need for supportive services to families caring for adults in their homes. She is passionate about maintaining the quality and integrity of the day program as it exists today.
Merita Steinbrueck, RN
Merita provides foot care at Prairie Adult Care Inc. She is available to talk with participants or caregivers concerning any footcare care questions. She worked at the University Hospitals specializing in adult medical-surgical care prior to coming to Prairie Adult Care Inc. Merita has been Prairie Adult Care’s Registered Nurse for over the last 24 years caring for our senior participants.
John Armstrong, Massage Therapist
Having practiced massage for 20 years, John saw a need for adding massage as a part of his senior care-giving business. Going back to school in 2005, he completed his massage certification and developed a technique he calls “Senior Touch Therapy” for his clients. He discovered that massage had many benefits for seniors relating both to their emotionaly and physical well-being. He is currently working with seniors with various chronic conditions and in a variety of settings. He has also had a wide range of articles published in the Care Options Network Newsletter relating to how massage can help these chronic conditions. For more information on other services, please visit John’s website.
Adult Program Coordinators
Our enthusiastic proram coordinators plan therapeutic activities and assist participants in reaching their goals. All program coordinators are trained in development and implementation of adapted recreational activities, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and medication administration. Our staff to participant ratio is 1:6.
All staff have completed at least an additional two hours of annual training which includes current practices endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association and updates in research and treatment approaches for persons with dementia. Topics include:
- Explanation of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
- How to assist with activities of daily living
- How to problem solve challenging behaviors
- Communication skills
- Recognition of common caregiver emotions and coping skills
- Current research and medication
- Review of Prairie Adult Care Inc resource and referral information.