Out of all the different CNA tasks, which is your favorite to do?
Let's face it, a lot of what a CNA has to do, while vital and important, are not exactly the most pleasant tasks in the world. Changing dirty diapers, cleaning out bedpans and urinals, etc. That being said, there are some activities I genuinely enjoy.
I like giving baths and showers. Scrubbing a client from head to toe, getting them all nice and clean and then lotioning + powdering them up afterward. I like being able to go the extra mile to make them feel better and more comfortable.
I also love feeding and meal times. There's something about sitting down with a resident that's a feeder and spoon-feeding them that I love. I guess it's that it's a good opportunity to sit down and relax, and also a good bonding time with the resident. It makes it even better if the resident is a good eater and enjoys their food.
I like to dress the residents up and make them look pretty, too. At the nursing home, I'd often be so pressed for time that I'd just quickly go through their closet, grab whatever was easiest to put on them and dress them in that. However, with my new job at the group home, I can take my time and pick out really cute stuff for them. I love to dress them up in a cute, colorful outfit for the day, brush their hair and maybe even add a little perfume and make-up. It makes me feel good to be able to make these people up all pretty, just because they're old and sick doesn't mean they can't still look nice. I figure these are the last years of their lives and I really want to go the extra mile to make them more pleasant.