Before I moved to my current state of residence and took a CNA training course, I worked in another state as a PCA, or patient care assistant. I didn’t know much about CNA training then, but the training I received as a PCA was very similar, without the certification.
Like CNA training, I was trained for the group home I worked in under a registered nurse. I was taught basic skills, but unlike my CNA training, I was also taught how to appropriate give patients their meds and when and how to refill those meds.
Working in a group home with developmentally disabled adults was new to me, but it was two of the greatest years of my life. It prepared me for what I would soon lean in CNA training and, in my opinion, helped me become a better CNA.
Working at a Group Home After CNA Training
Although my experience of working in a group home was prior to CNA training, there’s no reason any CNA couldn’t work in one after earning their certification. The setting of this care facility is much different, however, than working in a nursing home or hospital, and it’s important to make sure that you’re ready for that difference.
Help Maintain Independence- At a group home, it’s even more important to help your residents maintain independence after CNA training. Keep in mind that for many residents, this is their home. They aren’t here because they are sick; they are here because they have mental or physical issues that prevent them from living by themselves. That doesn’t mean they can’t do many tasks by themselves. It’s up to you to encourage them to get dressed by themselves if they can, help fix meals, help wash the dishes, and even help clean their rooms. They may not always enjoy doing it, but it will help them feel better about how they live if they have a part in it.
Maintain Schedules- After CNA training, you will find that working in a group home means keeping to a strict schedule. The residents may work, and that means you have to get them where they need to be on time. They may go to school, and you’ll be in charge of making sure they get on the bus or in the company van at the right time. Maintaining these schedules means maintaining others; for instance, if you are going to get your residents to work on time, they need to be up at the same time each day, eat breakfast at the same time, and get dressed at the same time.
Healthy Lifestyles- It’s important for your residents to maintain healthy lifestyles while they are living in the home, and it’s up to you to help them make the right choices. While we never hesitated to take the group out for pizza or a sit-down meal at a restaurant on a Friday night, the rest of the week we helped to make sure that they were eating health-conscience meals. After CNA training, it’s important that you don’t take these steps by yourself. Don’t simply make their lunches or their dinner for them. Involve them in the process so they can learn what is good to eat and what isn’t.
Group Home Work After CNA Training
Are you ready to work in a group home after CNA training? Make sure you understand the different type of work you’re getting into so you’re ready to make a difference with what you learn during CNA training.