Choosing a nursing home – the Quality of the CNAs most important

Are you trying to decide on a nursing home for an elderly loved one? It can be a very difficult and costly decision. You want your elderly mother or father to have the best care possible. For sure you will check out the basics including:

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  • Cleanliness
  • Food
  • Beds
  • Room size
  • Lighting
  • Activities
  • Amenities
  • Appearance — furniture and decor

These are the obvious things you will be looking for in a nursing home but many people don’t know how to dig deeper and find out the true quality of the nursing home.

Importance of CNAs

The person who will be caring for your loved — the one who will do the hands on care giving — is the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). The CNA’s job is very important. They are the staff member who dresses, feeds, and bathes the elderly and infirm residents of a nursing home and perform the activities of daily living. They provide the routine and daily care to free up Registered Nurses (RNs) for tasks that only an RN can can perform including administering medications, dressing and wounding wounds and assessing patients and providing a liaison with the physician.

CNA’s are federally mandated to have completed a minimum 75 hours of training and 16 hours of training under supervision. Once the CNA has the training, they are placed on a state registry of nursing aides. Over the course of a year, a CNA must also complete 12 hours of continuing education.

In nursing homes, the turnover of CNAs is huge with some nursing homes experiencing 100% turnover in a single year. The reason for this is that the job is traditionally low paid, high stress and many times the CNA is overworked. Often, a nursing home that is for-profit, will save money by not hiring enough CNAs.

We recommend that the most important questions you ask the nursing home have to do with CNAs:

  • What is your CNA turnover/retention
  • What kind of training do you provide your CNAs
  • What is the ratio of CNA-to-patient in the day time and the night time?

Try to talk to the CNAs one-on-one and ask questions like, “What do you like best about your job?” “How long have you been at this job?” The true quality of a nursing home is its CNAs.

This information was provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury firm that specializes in cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect. We work tirelessly to help people who have suffered neglect or injury due to substandard care at nursing homes including serious falls and bed sores.

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