The residents, of course! I love the elderly, and find taking care of them and contributing to the quality of their life to be very fulfilling and rewarding. I first knew that I wanted to take care of people for a living when I took care of my dad when he was terminally ill from cancer. I was devastated when he passed, but instead of letting it bring me down, I tried to turn a negative into a positive. I wanted to honor his memory by helping others, taking care of those who can't take care of themselves. And so far I haven't regretted my decision. I love the sweet, cute, funny etc. people I've met since I started this line of work, good people in bad situations, and I'm glad that I've been there to make their lives a little better. I enjoy the little things like feeding and bathing, I like being able to make a person more comfortable by giving them a thorough bed bath and powdering + lotioning them up afterward.
I also love how much I've seen and learned since I started working as a CNA. I've only worked as a CNA for 4 months, and already I've experienced and learned to deal with many different types of patients, including those suffering from dementia/Alzheimer's, strokes, developmental disabilities, COPD, psychiatric illnesses, etc etc. It's been a real eye-opener and one that I'm sure will benefit me if I decide to further my career in healthcare.
I also love how many job opportunities that have opened up for me since I got my training and certification. I've already had two jobs where I basically hired on the spot thanks to being a CNA. I think it's a good job field to get into and one with a lot of options if you can handle the dirty work and some of the other less pleasant aspect the job entails. CNAs can work in home health, nursing homes, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, group homes, etc etc. Not only that, but it's something that helps others and serves a good purpose.