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They’re Unstoppable! Join Us in Honoring Certified Nursing Assistants

“We’re unstoppable!” That’s the theme of this year’s National CNA Week (June 15-21), which recognizes the hard work of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) everywhere. The theme was chosen to acknowledge the commitment of these front-line workers, especially after the particular challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The last three years mark an incredible moment in history for CNAs,” according to the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA). “[They] have had an incredibly positive impact on older adults and those who work in and manage nursing homes, assisted living communities, and in-home care.”

We agree! Right at Home employs many CNAs, and we’re proud and grateful to have them as colleagues. We could not succeed without their commitment.

Besides home care agencies, you’ll find CNAs working in skilled nursing facilities, long-term care residences, nursing homes, and other places where they care for elders and people with disabilities. Wherever CNAs work, they play a vital role in the health care continuum.

What Do CNAs Do?

CNAs provide basic care and support to patients under the supervision of licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs), or other medical professionals. Depending on their job, a CNA’s primary responsibilities may include:

  1. Personal care: CNAs assist those in their care with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting. They help maintain hygiene and ensure comfort.
  2. Mobility assistance: CNAs help individuals move safely within their environment, including transferring them in and out of beds, wheelchairs, or other assistive devices.
  3. Vital signs monitoring: CNAs routinely check and record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rate. They report any abnormal findings to the supervising nurse or health care professional.
  4. Nutrition and hydration: CNAs assist with meal preparation and feeding and ensure proper hydration. They may also track food and fluid intake and report any changes in eating habits.
  5. Emotional support: CNAs provide emotional support and companionship to individuals, often spending more time with them than other health care professionals are able to. CNAs help people feel cared for and listened to, which can positively impact their overall well-being.
  6. Communication: CNAs serve as a liaison between clients/patients, families, and health care providers. They report changes in condition, record the care provided, and ensure relevant information is communicated to the appropriate medical staff.
  7. Infection control and safety: CNAs follow proper infection control procedures to prevent the spread of infections and maintain a safe environment for all.
  8. Rehabilitation support: CNAs may also assist with basic physical therapy or other rehabilitation activities under the guidance of a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or other health care professionals.

What Are the Qualifications To Be a CNA?

Educational requirements for CNAs vary by state, but generally include a training program, coursework, and a certification examination. According to the NAHCA, more than 1 million people work as CNAs in the U.S. We thank them all for their contributions to our clients’ comfort, safety, and overall well-being.

Are You a CNA Looking To Make a Difference?

Right at Home is looking for people who are as driven as we are to improve the quality of life for those we serve. As a Right at Home caregiver, you’ll play a key role in empowering seniors and adults with disabilities with the support they need to remain in their homes. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, find the location nearest you to apply.

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Right at Home offers in-home care to seniors and adults with disabilities who want to live independently. Most Right at Home offices are independently owned and operated, and directly employ and supervise all caregiving staff.
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