Elderly Care Responsibilities
What is a CNA and what do they do in Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester County's MA?
A certified nursing assistant wears many hats. Learn about the different tasks you’ll perform.
A certified nursing assistants (CNA) main role is to provide basic care to patients, as well as assist them in daily activities they might have trouble with on their own, such as bathing. Because of the personal nature of the job, certified nursing assistants should be compassionate and enjoy helping others. In nursing or long-term care facilities, a CNA is often a patient’s main caregiver.
CNAs also work with medical technology, like billing software, health information software and medical record charting software. In some facilities, a CNA will administer medication to patients, but this usually depends on the CNAs level of training and experience, as well as state regulations.
CNAs report to either registered nurses or licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses. They should have phenomenal communication skills since it’s their job to bring all patient concerns and issues to their supervisor.
What does a certified nursing assistant do?
CNAs assist patients with daily activities and while some CNAs have additional responsibilities, such as administering medication, the core functions on the job include:
Bathe and dress patients
Serve meals and help patients eat
Take vital signs
Turn or reposition patients who are bedridden
Collect information about conditions and treatment plans from caregivers, nurses and doctors
Provide and empty bedpans
Lift patients into beds, wheelchairs, exam tables, etc.
Answer patient calls
Examine patients for bruises, blood in urine or other injuries/wounds
Clean and sanitize patient areas
Change bed sheets and restock rooms with necessary supplies
Take patients out shopping or on recreational activities visiting friends & family, restaurants and Parks.
CNAs also serve as a conduit between patients and nurses and doctors and record and communicate all issues to medical staff. Depending on where a CNA works, other duties might include transporting patients to operating rooms or treatment units and setting up equipment at a nurse or doctor’s request.
Aspiring CNAs should understand the job isn’t glamorous and can be graphic at times. From dressing wounds to cleaning a patient after an accident, CNAs are often put to the test on a daily basis.
Flexible 24/7 Hourly Care and Senior Services in Worcester County Massachusetts
The aging process brings many changes for the elderly and most seniors have difficulty adjusting to them. Memory loss, impaired mobility and chronic illness are problems that make living at home alone unsafe for seniors. Caring for an elderly parent or loved one is both a challenging and rewarding experience. Unfortunately, family members are not always able to provide adequate care for their loved one. Home Care Assistance in Massachusetts helps seniors and their families by providing flexible hourly home care for seniors in the comfort of their home.
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