One of the greatest perks about choosing the career path of a certified nursing assistant (CNA) or professional caregiver is the daily variation of CNA duties and responsibilities. Often, a routine plan of care is established for a senior and executed daily by one or more CNAs or caregivers. However, the day-to-day work is anything but routine – hello variety! Below is a small flavor the daily life of a CNA. We’d love to hear from our community regarding your experiences – where do you spend most of your time?
Typical Caregiver or CNA Duties
Companionship and socialization
Providing social support and company for senior clients is perhaps the most rewarding of caregiver or CNA duties. As a caregiver, you’re more than an employee but an integral part of your client’s life. Sometimes this means watching a seniors’ favorite TV show, playing cards, or simply listening – allowing someone to reflect on their past.
Maintaining a clean and hygienic living space for senior care clients is a key caregiver and CNA duty.
Errand and appointment escort
As a caregiver or CNA, you’ll never be confined to a boring office cubicle. Whether you’re driving your client to a doctor’s appointment, picking up groceries at the market, or escorting your client to the hair salon, CNA duties allow you to live an active lifestyle.
Daily personal care
The ability to independently care for oneself is a privilege that many often take for granted until it’s gone. Among the many essential CNA duties, assisting with daily personal care and hygiene is a constant day-to-day activity.