National Nursing Assistant's Week - What Qualifications Should You Look for in the Caregivers You Hire?
June 14th is National Nursing Assistant's Week.
What do you know about nursing assistants or nursing aides? If you're looking into caregivers, nursing assistants are exactly who you need.
Job Duties of Nursing Assistants
Nursing assistants provide help with activities of daily living. They help with bathing and grooming. They get patients dressed and ready to start the day. For patients who are confined to beds or wheelchairs, they make sure the patient is moved regularly to avoid sores.
With a nursing assistant, there is help with meals and make sure the patient is fed if needed. They offer companionship to the patient. If there are concerns, they discuss those concerns with doctors, registered nurses, and the patient's family members. They may also take basic vital signs like blood pressure, pulse, and temperature.
Qualities You Want in a Caregiver
One of the reasons nursing assistants make great caregivers is that they go through a vocational training program to learn the skills they use every day. Most states require certification or licensing and continuing education requirements. Nursing assistants need to pass background checks and drug testing.
When you choose a caregiver for your mom or dad, you want someone who is patient and compassionate. Your parents will probably feel stressed having someone new in their home for a few days. As they get used to it, they'll realize home care allows them to be independent without being stressed trying to accomplish difficult tasks.
When going through a home care agency, ask if you can personally see the results of background checks and certifications/training. You might be able to talk to current and past clients, too. See how long the caregiver has been offering care. Check with the state to see if there are any violations on record.
Consider Nursing Assistants for Senior Care Needs
When you hire nursing assistants to care for your mom or dad, you're getting someone with a lot of experience. You're getting a caregiver who has undergone screenings and training. Many home care agencies work with nursing assistants who have gone through a full series of background checks and screenings and excellent training programs. This means your mom and dad will end up in great hands.
Don't stress about your mom and dad living at home alone. With caregivers, your parents have help with everything from meals to laundry. Your parents have someone to help them shower and dress, change and launder sheets and towels, and light housework. Plus, they gain a companion.
Companionship is essential to healthy living. Bring in caregivers and ensure your parents avoid feeling lonely. Call today.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in Calera, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...