After your CNA training you may be wondering what area of patient care and support to pursue as your career. Many disability support services are crying out for dedicated Certified Nursing Assistants and Aides to join their staff. So what do you need to know about the rewarding area of medical support?
Everything You’ll Want To Know About Disability Support After CNA Training
What roles can you take on after CNA training in the field of disability support?
Your CNA training can allow you to take on roles in long term disability care, carer support and respite services and in the homes of eligible persons with disabilities. In these roles CNAs operate as personal support as well and medical to the individuals in these services, working closely with them in accordance with their needs and accommodating their own personal desires and interests.
Disability Support Housing – Many high care disabled individuals have to live in medically supported long term housing, with round the clock access to trained carers, medical assistants and nurses. A CNAs role in this environment is similar to that of a nursing home or hospital, you are required to be attentive and patient with the residents, getting to know them over time and providing them with quality medical support. Your CNA training should emphasize the importance of maintaining patient dignity privacy and this is particularly important in long term disability housing as many of the residents are largely non-verbal or heavily reliant on housing staff.
Respite Services – Many states off day time respite and activity programs for those individuals with disabilities that prevent them from undertaking full time work. CNA training can be of use in these scenarios as many of the participants in these programs require support and assistance while away from their carers, even just for the day. This can be a particularly fun and rewarding environment to work in as you are engaging with participants in creative learning and some of the positive results of this creative learning will quite simply blow you away.
In home care – After CNA training you are able to provide in home assistance to disabled individuals and family units in the privacy of their own homes. These home support services allow many high functioning, almost completely self-sufficient individuals to remain at home amongst family and familiar surrounds rather than being integrated into long term residential care facilities.
What are the key differences when working in disability support?
1. You need to consider the capabilities of your clients and patients and adjust your expectations accordingly.
2. You may need to keep different types of records and activity logs that relate to government funding and unemployment benefits.
3. The energy requirement and physical aspects of disability support can be greater.
What Additional Study is required?
There is no compulsory additional certification required, but there are specialization courses and accreditation that you may want to consider after completing your CNA training.
Working as a CNA in disability support services is an immensely rewarding career move with excellent opportunities for advancement, and the industry is constantly crying out for dedicated, compassionate professionals.