Assisting patients with their baths is going to be part of your job after CNA training. While you may not immediately understand how important this task is, it’s essential for your clients. It’s not only a chance to ensure your patients are bathed properly, but it is also a time when you can closely evaluate your patients to look for changes in their physical appearance and abilities.
The Joy of Bathing After CNA Training
After CNA training, you may look at bathing your patients as just another task on your growing to-do list. Think of it another, way, though. Imagine that you’ve had a frustrating and ragged day at work. You’re sweaty, tired, and a mess. Nothing would make you happier than climbing into your shower and letting the hot water take your troubles away. Now imagine how you would feel if you weren’t able to get into your show yourself. What if your physical limitations meant that you had to:
- Take off your clothes in from of someone you didn’t know
- Ask for assistance in washing some of the most private areas of your body because you couldn’t reach them or were afraid of falling
- Hold onto a grab bar while showering so you wouldn’t fall
- Stand there, shivering and waiting, while someone else brought you a towel to use
The shower you’d been longing for wouldn’t be as appealing would it? Keep in mind that many of your patients after CNA training will feel this is exact same way. They used to be able to get into the shower themselves and bathe themselves. Now they have to rely on you. This can make them feel useless, old, ashamed, and scared about their future.
What does this all mean? After CNA training, bathing shouldn’t be just another task that needs to be completed. Instead, it should be one that brings out your best qualities, like compassion, patience, and strength.
Benefits of Bathing After CNA Training
After CNA training, bathing your patients can be very beneficial. It can:
- Cleanse the body of dead skin cells and dirt
- Help the patient feel more comfortable after CNA training by refreshing and cooling the skin
- Help to control body odor, as bathing removes germs and bacteria from the skin
- Prevent infection
- Stimulate circulation
For many clients, using a whirlpool tub can provide another benefit. After CNA training, you may find that many patients have a difficult time moving their joints and muscles. In a tub of relaxing hot water, they may find it easier to move these joints and exercise their muscles.
Giving your patients a shower or bath also provide you with the opportunity to communicate with the patient after CNA training and observe their body for any signs of change. This is the perfect time to spot rashes, cuts, sores, and potential infections.
Has CNA training prepared you for the skill of bathing your patients? Stay tuned for the second part of this series about bath time to learn what type of observations you should be making when bathing patients after CNA training.