Quote from crazystudent
I'm considering Assisted Living instead of LTC to minimize my stress level while going to school. Does anyone work in assisted living that can tell me anything about it? Would you recommend it or not? Is it unusual to have 75-85 residents at a time? Is it any less stressful than LTC in you opinion? Please help, I'm clueless. Thanks.
I have been working in ALF for 5 months now. I am in nursing school and took the CNA class offered thru my college. I saw this as an oppurtunity to get my feet wet and to make sure that I wanted to make nursing a career for myself. At any rate some days I am on the floor as an RA (resident aide) and the other days I am a med tech. My job description as an RA include waking people for breakfast, assisting those who need help with getting dressed, showered etc, serving breakfast, cleaning up and re-setting for lunch, going around to my assigned rooms and cleaning them (wiping down counters/toilets in bathroom, making beds, collecting trash), doing laundry and along the way answering call bells for various reasons (bathroom help, someone needs a PRN pill etc). Then I gather people for lunch, serve lunch, assist residents who need help back to their rooms, re-set for dinner. As a med tech I pass meds and order any that may have run out, do vitals, blood sugars, B/Ps, fax doctors about issues with residents health etc. Now I have not yet worked in LTC so I can't compare the two, however I found that being in Assisted Living is not as "medically technical" than an LTC would be. I don't have to worry about catheters or things along those lines (I hope you know what I mean haha). Sorry this got so long but I felt the same way you do now. I had no idea what assisted living was until I started working there. I also have residents dealing with various stages of dementia, so that at times can be trying. At any rate good luck with whatever you decide. I hope this helped you a little. Anything else, just ask!