When you complete CNA training, you will work with many different types of patients. Some may be injured, some may be sick, and some may be growing older and be in need of more assistance with daily activities. Do you know how to care for each and every one?
Let’s take a moment to consider what you might do if you were caring for a visually impaired patient after CNA training. Perhaps they are completely blind, lying in their hospital bed, and waiting for you to provide them with the care they need.
Did you know there are approximately 10 million visually impaired and blind individuals currently living in the United States? About half of these individuals are over the age of 65. Their impairment could have been caused by a number of problems, including diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or cataracts.
No matter what the reason, however, the importance of this post is for you to realize that there is probably going to come a time after CNA training when you must care for a patient with this type of impairment. Here are just a few tips to ensure you do it properly and with sensitivity.
Caring for the Visually Impaired After CNA Training
When you are working with a patient who is impaired visually after CNA training, it is essential this patient feels like he is involved in his care as much as possible. Use the following tips to ensure he is.
- Whenever you enter the patient’s room after CNA training, knock on the door and address the patient by name.
- Each time you enter the room, introduce yourself and let him know you are a certified nursing assistant. Don’t expect him to remember you by the sound of your voice.
- Once you have assessed the patient, ask him how he performs daily activities at home. Then ask him how well he is doing performing those same activities in the facility.
- If you are going to take vital signs or help the patient get dressed, verbalize this before you do it. Explain to him exactly what you are going to do, in detail. For instance, if you are going to take his blood pressure, let him know you are going to take the blood pressure in his right arm.
- When you are caring for a visually impaired patient after CNA training, always make sure to address the patient when you are in his room, even if he has family or friends visiting. This will make him feel more involved in the care you are providing.
- Just as you learned in CNA training, always be sure to place the call button, bedside table, and phone with the patient’s reach. Let the patient know exactly where these items are so he can get in touch with you if he needs assistance to the bathroom or has a question.
- Keep the room free of clutter so the patient can move easily from his bed to the bathroom if needed. Take the time to describe the room in detail to the patient, and offer to give him a tour of the room so he can remember where everything is later. Also, make sure to keep all door cracked part way for easier access.
Become More Comfortable Working With Visually Impaired Patients After CNA Training
After CNA training, you will work with a variety of patients, including the visually impaired. Make sure you follow these tips to become more comfortable caring for these types of patients and to ensure these patients are comfortable with you after CNA training.