Like all CNA jobs, the duties of a Certified Nursing Assistant in nursing homes can be numerous, varied, and challenging. Becoming a certified nursing assistant gives you the opportunity to assist people in the most basic but profound ways each day. CNAs that work in nursing homes help people who are either elderly or bedridden to maintain daily living. Working in a nursing home as a certified nursing assistant requires a commitment to providing a high level of care to individuals who cannot perform particular activities for themselves.
Certified nursing assistants are essentially the people who make sure that nursing home residents are properly cared for in the basic but most essential of ways. A CNA is responsible for giving residents baths and ensuring that residents are clean and dry to prevent irritation to the skin and more serious conditions related to improper cleanliness such as infection and bedsores. Other likely CNA duties: brushing teeth, brushing and maintaining hair and completing many other daily hygienic chores that you would do for yourself for people who are unable to do so for themselves.
In addition, some of residents in nursing homes require feeding by certified nursing assistants specifically if they have suffered an illness such as a stroke that caused the loss of fine motor skills needed to feed oneself. Thus, a certified nursing assistant is paramount in maintaining a high standard of living each and everyday for nursing home residents.
In addition to providing basic care, CNAs also provide nursing home residents with help in maintaining flexibility and mobility. Certified nursing assistants are trained use provide range of motion exercises on nursing home residents. Range of motion exercises are used to keep joints and limbs flexible. These exercises involve moving a specific body part such as an arm, wrist or ankle around in different directions in a normal fashion. Many people who are bedridden or afflicted with arthritis depend on these exercises to keep their joints from becoming inflamed or stiff which can make a person immobile. Certified nursing assistants take the time each day to complete these exercises with their patients to ensure healthy limbs and joints.
Finally, CNA jobs always have a component personal interaction, and the duties of a Certified Nursing Assistant in nursing homes are no exception. Certified nursing assistants often have the role of companion as part of their job description. Many residents in nursing homes are very lonely. Some of them don’t receive many visitors and this can lead to loneliness and depression. CNAs not only provide physical care but emotional care and companionship that many residents would not receive if it were not for the daily interaction they have with their assigned CNA. Thus, it is very important that CNAs have a high level of compassion and understanding of the residents and their varied needs in a nursing home environment.