Ensuring client care and assisting them in their activities are the main responsibilities of a CNA. A certified nursing assistant is not aware of the mentality and the reaction of clients; still he/she needs to take care of them. Sometimes it is easy for them to handle the patients, while sometimes it becomes difficult. A CNA cannot complain about it as the facility expects him/her to perform the duties effectively.
Even the clients are unaware of the problems they create in the state of irritation or depression during treatment. So, you cannot blame them. Thus it is a necessity of certified nurse aides to perform their functions efficiently. They are also responsible for checking vital signs, CPR, safety of patients, maintaining records and on-time reporting. Right from changing/adjusting drips to assisting in daily activities like brushing teeth, bathing, feeding, walking, and exercise, certified nurse aide takes care of everything. Some client care tips can be very helpful, if implemented. Let us go through it.
CNAs must be calm and patient. They must take care of each and every need of a patient with honesty. They must consult their seniors if they are facing any problem in dealing with the patients. They must be proactive and good at communication. They must be polite and intelligent enough to convince clients who are not listening to them. You should not force them. You must try to adapt positively according to his/her condition and make him/her comfortable in your company. You need to take care of patients especially at the time of bathing, dressing, grooming, and feeding.
For bathing, a certified nursing assistant must ensure following the same routine for the patients as with the one they started with. You must not take the client for bathing if he/she is very weak and feeling drowsy. Instead, for such clients, you must switch to sponge bath. Bathroom must be well lit and must have good ventilation. Bathing ensures freshness and increases the rate of blood circulation. It also prevents patients from infection. Praise them when they perform any activity on their own and make them aware that this is leading them towards quick recovery. You must never ask a patient to take bath on their own, especially if they are severely weak.
Grooming is also an essential task for certified nursing assistants. Proper grooming makes patients feel better psychologically. Mostly, you must allow clients to perform their activities on their own, as this increases their morale. Regular dressing around the wound is necessary to keep it safe and avoid any infection. Hair grooming is also important to keep hair and scalp strong and healthy. When you assist them in grooming and if they carry out most of the tasks, it also leads to muscle movement making it more flexible than before. Mouth care is important as well. You must concentrate on patient’s facial expressions, as they are not open enough to reveal their pain. You must always check that the body of a client is free of rashes, any redness, or any other skin problem.
Resting and taking healthy diet are the basic needs that ensure faster recovery. A CNA must take care of these things. Make sure you provide/feed clients with food and medicines at the right time and in right quantity. You must never pressurize them to eat (food), as they will hesitate to eat it. Instead, you must assure them that eating well will help them to recover easily. This will enlighten their minds.
Thus a CNA must be careful enough to make things and the conditions better for the clients. This will ensure quick recovery and is not only good for the growth of the facility/hospital but also for the progress of all the employees of the facility including CNAs.
Client Care Tips for Your CNAs Meal Time
Client care is the main motto of health sector. Medical staff and CNAs work day and night to ensure it. Taking care of patient’s health is important, but what’s equally important is taking care of their meals. Eating right is the biggest factor that elevates the process of recovery. Eating is no big deal when you are healthy, but when you are not healthy, even eating something that you like becomes difficult.
Generally, patients possess a mindset that medicines, eating little, and taking rest will help them to recover faster. However, they hardly realize that to nullify the side effects of the medicines, they need to eat healthy and properly.
You cannot blame the patients. When they are under treatment, their senses do not suggest what is right and what is wrong. Even the medicines produce some adverse effects on their health, affecting them physically, mentally, and emotionally. They cause loss of appetite, nausea, drowsiness or sleeplessness, fatigue, etc. They feel as if eating is a burden. Some find food tasteless while they eat. Thus regardless of the reasons, difficulty in eating is bound to occur during treatment.
Here comes CNA into the picture. Certified nursing assistants play a vital role in taking complete care of patients, right from assisting in daily living activities to feeding. Before getting into this, let us go through the physical/mental problems that may affect one’s appetite. Some clients develop loss of sensation in their mouth and find it difficult to swallow or chew. Patients find it problematic to eat when their teeth are weak or missing. Depression and loneliness may also be the reasons. Some find it difficult to eat on their own if they have poor eyesight. In such cases, only certified nursing assistants can serve/help them.
There are some tips that will help CNAs in taking care of clients’ meals.
You must feed clients on time. Some clients find it difficult to feel the taste of food. In such cases, add some spices like
- Asafetida, etc.
This adds flavor to the food that enhances mood. Constipation may also be a problem. Include fibrous food items like fenugreek and spinach that will help in the movement of bowels. Provide the food that will help in quick recovery of the patients. If some patients are finding it difficult to chew the food, mesh it and then feed them. Some clients suffer from heartburn. You must ask them not to sleep immediately after eating.
- In addition, ask them to walk for a while if their body allows them to do so.
- If swallowing is an issue,
- Offer them cold food instead of the hot ones,
- As swallowing cold foodstuffs is easier.
Besides these tips, encouragement and support help a lot. You must not be dominating. If you force a client to eat, he/she may try his/her best to avoid it. Instead, convince them that he can recover quickly only if he takes care of his food intake.
Generally, clients eat properly without realizing it if you go on talking to them affectionately. This keeps them involved.
In addition to this, proper amount of water intake is also essential. Other factors that may help the patients include spending quality time with patients, taking them for a walk, encouraging them in indulging in the activities of their interest.
Thus at the end, only certified nursing assistants can help clients in their food intake. It will not only improve the condition of clients by leaps and bounds, ensuring quick recovery but also give you satisfaction and happiness.