What Nursing Assistants (CNAs) Contribute To Patient Care

According to JustForNursingAssistants.com, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide nearly 90% of the hands-on care for the sick and elderly. At Heart ‘n Home, our patients receive care from qualified Hospice CNAs who emphasize patient dignity. Working under the Registered Nurse – Case Manager, CNAs are often the eyes and ears of the care team.

In 2012, Heart ‘n Home Hospice CNAs made more than 21,140 visits and these are often the highlight of a patient’s day. In addition to assisting with bathing and hygiene, Hospice CNAs are skilled at patient movement; wound, bowel, and urinary care; and can also assist with light housekeeping. Just as important, Hospice CNAs listen, hold a hand, and offer comfort.  What services do Heart ‘n Home’s Hospice CNAs provide?

Physician Patch Adams has said that, “medical care… is a loving service to all people,” adding that “CNAs are holding the torch.” At Heart ‘n Home, we agree! That’s why we support the 36th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week June 13-20, 2013.

Chances are your life has been touched by a CNA. Maybe your grandparent moved to an assisted living community or a friend or family member received hospice services in the home. Or, if you have ever been in the hospital yourself, a CNA took care of you. National Nursing Assistants Week is the perfect time to increase the growing awareness of the important contributions CNAs make to healthcare.

At Heart ‘n Home, we are thankful that our Hospice CNAs “hold the torch” and we do all we can to express our appreciation often. We recognize that their role in caring for patients and families affirms life every day, every time.

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