Hello everyone. I am a CNA (entry level) and just landed my first Home Health position in the field. I will be helping a family take care of their elderly father/father-in-law in addition to another CNA that they already have employed there. I will be working the night shift most of the time, all 5 days of the business week and possibly a weekend here or there. The hours are from about 10:30 at night until 8:00 in the morning (I will stay long enough to feed him breakfast, if he is up for it). It sounds like a pretty "leisurely" position, so to speak.
There is a bed in the room for me to sleep on and they have welcomed me to bring snacks, reading material, and eat breakfast with them. My main responsibilities will just be to stay in the room with him in case he has any concerns. He is pretty independent and really could be in assisted living, but the family wanted to keep him home (understandably so). He can walk and is verbal--his hearing is very good for a man just short of 100 years old! He does get confused sometimes. They would mainly need me to help him to the bathroom in the middle of the night or feed him if he gets hungry. I will not be responsible for bathing or dressing--the son tries to do it when he is available. This position would definitely be lower stress for me than my current one and help me finish school which I am already half way through with.
If this works out, I can see myself staying with this family until I am done with school--already they are very understanding and willing to work around my school schedule and just good people overall. I have always been concerned about working night shifts! I don't like the idea of sleeping in the day time and throwing off my sleep schedule. I have enough of a science background to know that it certaintly isn't the healthiest thing in the world to do to your body. How did the rest of you lovelies survive such a shift on your feet!! Any advice from you guys would be great...I have never been a big coffee drinker but began when I started school =) I don't want to become a vampire! How do I work at night and still be a functioning member of society with the rest of the day time workers??