Thanking you all for your responses.
My thoughts before posting were about carrying the tray with the uncovered food as I walk into the dining room or down the hallway passing visitors, coworkers and residents who might be sneezing or coughing. Didn't I read somewhere there are invisible droplets from sneezing or coughing that become airborne and travel x number of feet before landing (on the food)?
Hadn't thought about the food getting cold as I have not heard that complaint.
HerEyes73 " ... and if a patient needs assistance with cutting up food, fixing coffee/tea etc., the rule is that it should be done in front of the patient."
A few coworkers place the tray in front of the resident and then walk away.
I always (well, maybe I shouldn't say always :chuckle
) ask if the resident would like some help (especially when I float to another floor). Some residents may have arthritic hands or be uncoordinated and won't ask for help. If they do accept my help, I will fix the coffee/tea, open the milk carton and pour into the glass. I will cut the food on the plate and if there is cake or fruit for dessert, I will cut into bite size pieces.
txspadequeen921 posted "It is great that you are thinking about your patients and their welfare. I bet you are a great CNA, these little people need us to look out for them and sounds like you are doing a great job!!!"
Thank you. Off topic ... but, just wanted the share ... there is a resident that after putting her in bed, I would stand nearby and go thru a little verbal list that may include: you have your call light, TV controller, pillows ok? We gave each other a thumbs up sign.
A month or so ago, I put my finger to my mouth and blew her a kiss. It's now become a nightly routine for the thumbs up and to blow each other a kiss. :chuckle Sure, it takes a few extra minutes. One time after taking a few days off she said "I missed you." She gave me a thumbs up and a kiss in the air at 3:15.