As you know by now, I worked in a nursing home for quite a while after I finished CNA training. After I grew tired of working there, however, I turned to home health, mainly because I loved the fact that I was able to work such flexible hours and work with the same patients week after week. For quite a while, I had only two patients to care for after CNA training, and that was enough for both my time and my paycheck. One of the patients I saw only twice a week for an hour at a time. The other patient, however, I saw five times a week for three hours at a time after CNA training.
The second patient I worked with was an elderly man who couldn’t speak or move by himself. He received help from myself and my CNA partner in the morning, as that is what his insurance would pay for, and then at night his wife had recruited members from her church who would come and help him. In the morning, it was our job to give him a sponge bath, check him for any signs of pressure sores or injuries, dress him, and transfer him to a bedside commode. We would then transfer him into his wheelchair and help him get set up comfortably in the living room, where he would spend the day with his wife.
I cared for this man for months after CNA training, and I began to rely on the steady work when it came to my hours and my pay. Then, the unforeseen happened. The man passed away one night, leaving us devastated and without that steady work any more. I expected the agency to find me another patient right away, but that proved to be a problem. No new patients were available quite yet, and until they were, I would simply be making my twice weekly trip to see my only patient.
If you’ve ever found yourself without work or laid off after CNA training, you know the panic that can set in when this happens. After all, you have bills to pay, people to take care of, and a life you have to live. That’s hard to do on two hours of work a week, even when I was being paid well for that work.
The panic didn’t last long though. It couldn’t. I had to find work after CNA training, and that’s what I was going to do. Here’s how you can do it as well.