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Skayda has 20+ years experience and specializes in DD, Mental Health, Geriatric.

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    So, normally I can figure out what a slang word means by taking in it’s context but I’ve recently ran into a word that I have no clue about. All I know is it’s either a reference to undergarments/disposal briefs or cotton sleeveless undershirts. My coworker is the first and only person to use the word in front of me and instead of just asking her for clarification I decided to be extra and post here instead. The word is “sixes” as in “The client left several sixes under the bathroom sink.” Any input would be appreciated. Thank you!
  2. I have been in the healthcare game for over twenty years first as an NAR and now as a CNA, off and on and I am pretty sure the 12 hours of yearly CEs haven't changed yet the WA state department of health have conflicting information. On Home :: Washington State Department of Health under the NursingAssistant/LicenseRequirements section it says: [h=3]Renewal Requirements[/h]"Certified nursing assistants must renew their certification on or before their birthday each year. There are no continuing education requirements." Yet on on Washington State Department of Social and Health Services | Transforming Lives it states: "Most Long Term Care workers must complete 12 hours of Continuing Education (CE) each year before their birthday." It was my understanding that Long Term Workers WERE CNAs/NARs! At any rate, I think it's a good idea to continue to take yearly CE classes. Better to be safe, (and well-prepared!), than sorry and struggling to make those class hours! ~Skayda
  3. I took care of a 50+ year old down syndrome woman whose brother took her to an animal vet to be sterilized when she was younger. Anyone ever heard of something like this? Was it a common practice in the sixties/seventies for family of down syndrome and other mentally handicapped people to have a veterinarian sterilize them instead of a human doctor? Maybe because it was cheaper? I was just wondering about this.
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    New CNA advice

    Never...EVER say "Looks like it's going to be a quiet night/day." Hell, don't even THINK that! Trust me! Lol!
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    Funny things your patients have said

    These are all just priceless gold! I had one male resident with nightly incontinence issues we were told to 'double up' his briefs on and one night as I was helping him get ready for bed and putting his briefs on him he looks down at himself in the briefs, turns to me and goes, "How the hell am I gonna find my dick through all this?!" Lol!
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    Is becoming a CNA (and getting hired) hard?

    I know everyone's experience is different but it seems like mine was a mixture of good planning and luck. After being an unemployed NAR who'd let her NAR lapse for ten years I finally came into a little money and used it to take the CNA course and complete all the other required classes and then I found a resume building program online, filled it out and began sending it in to small facilities in my town cia craigslist. In about three days I had two interviews. I was wanted for the first one and took it. I was there for about two years until the owners decided they wanted to close down and change careers. Then, the mother of that person heard I was looking for work again and hired me to work at her own adult foster home, I was there for about five months before the resident manager of the first place called me up and said, "Hey, you should come work here with me it's a lot better that the other place and where you're at right now!" So, I did and worked with my old resident manager/coworker at another place for about two and a half years until that owner decided to close her place to focus more in her special needs son. Then, I get a call from the nurse who goes around delegating all the caregivers for adult foster homes in certain areas of my town and she tells me that her best friend has been running a home for over 25 years and is looking for a weekend caregiver and that she told her she needs to hire me. So, now I'm working at a well-established adult foster home and I really like it there. The people are nice and not too hard and the family that owns the business do a lot to help out the staff like they'll have everyone up and dressed and breakfast done and meds passed for the morning before I even get there in the mornings and my boss is always giving me cash bonuses for doing a good job. She bought me a bunch of cute new scrubs and a brand new cell phone that she's paying for as long as I'm working for her and she bought my coworker a 15k diamond bracelet for being there for four years. So, it's half good planning and half luck. In my town caregivers are in high demand as I'm sure they are elsewhere, too. Just have a good resume, be presentable, know your stuff, don't be afraid to ask questions, etc. Oh, and that resident manager I mentioned? We became friends and still are today, in fact, a lot of the caregivers I've worked with stay friends with me later. Probably because I only ever work at small places where the staff is yourself and one other person. Lol.
  7. Hi all! I'm not the person in charge of such things but I've been asked by my employer to keep on the lookout and spread the word that we are looking for another caregiver to work weekends at one of our two beautiful Spokane Valley homes. Our clientele is mainly DD and the people we care for now are pretty easy. There's no heavy lifting and the behaviors are pretty mild. This is a pretty darn good job and anyone would be so lucky to have it. I know I sure feel lucky! Here's the original Craigslist ad posted by my boss along with a way to get a hold of her to set up a time to meet to see if this seems right for you. Also, experience with young adults with severe autism and OCD is a major plus with this job! Thank you and happy hunting and good luck in your career! "NAC or Home Care Aide for AFH. This is a permanent & secure position for the right person. Part-time Saturday and Sunday or full-time. For the right person we can work with your preferred schedule. Our homes are top quality and beautiful, and our residents are relatively easy-care (no hoyers or heavy lifting or severe behaviors). You must be reliable & dependable, have a strong work ethic and be a positive member of our team. We are really good people and we're looking for one more permanent addition to our team so we can get a bit more time off for R&R:) You must care about keeping our homes clean and inviting, be nice and friendly to all our guests and visitors, and if you're a great cook that's a plus. Prior AFH experience or prior experience working with individuals with disabilities required. You must have all credentials prior to hire or be willing to obtain at time of hire; Current NAC or HCA certificate Current 1st aid/CPR Current FBI Background check and willing to get FBI fingerprint Nurse Delegation Food Handler Card or Food Safety Certificate DD Specialty Certificate Dementia Specialty Certificate Mental Health Specialty Certificate TB test or willing to get 2-step TB test upon hire valid drivers license If you think you'd like to join our wonderful team and experience what it feels like to truly love your job, please contact the email listed below to schedule an interview. Thanks so much and we look forward to hearing from you!" dv5pd-4309265062@job.craigslist.org
  8. So, for the past six months I've been working for a woman who owns two adult family homes for elderly and developmentmentally disabled adults. I work three 24 hour shifts in a row from Friday to Sunday. The first few months I would always try to engage the residents in some activity even just visiting with them because they don't have anyone around on the weekends and most are younger than me, in their early thirties. But, every time I'd come to work my boss would present me with a list of household chores to get done by Sunday night. It wasn't so bad at first. Then she started adding things. Until it's become par for the course for her to hand me a six page list of things to get done which include deep cleaning the downstairs areas and her personal areas of the home that the residents don't even enter that I feel like I'm just cleaning what she, as the owner and person who uses those rooms only should be cleaning. It's not light housekeeping by a long shot. I am deep spring cleaning every time I work at her place and I stress out before I come to work because I just know she is going to find something I didn't do right or add something new she wants done. The house is so clean it doesn't look like anyone even lives there. She will serve dinner at 4:00pm and send them to their rooms to bed right after. So the living room and dining room are never used by the residents. The only areas used by the residents are the kitchen, hall bathroom and their bedrooms. But, because I only have so much time to finish with all the housework, 90% of which is my boss' mess from her own stuff not mess she made after taking care of the people, I don't have any time to spend with the residents and it really makes me sad. Okay, I guess this was a vent post. Deep breaths. I feel better after having wrote it and one nice thing about her; she recently gave me a raise! So, now, I'm making $10.50 an hour! (Even though she was going to offer a new caregiver who didn't even have all her paperwork in order and was a NAR not a CNA $12.50 an hour, more than she pays both myself and her resident manager at her second AFH!) But, still, a raise is a raise. I'm grateful!
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    Feeling like a servant

    I wish all my clients and everyone I've ever worked for, will work for, thought like you! Too much of the time CNAs and Nurses are treated like servants and housekeepers.
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    Resident of AFH as "Visitor"

    Ah, Thank you, Lightx. The owner of the facility also has another AFH but her son doesn't like it there to stay overnight. He catches the bus to school from there and is picked up by his dad after school and he spends his week at their main house with his dad while his mom stays at her one AFH I work at every other weekend. The weekends I don't work at her one house I'm working at the second AFH and her son stays with his dad. So, he stays with me every other weekend, with his dad during the week and his older sister takes him some weekends. He gets bounced around a lot but I see that it's OK for him to be staying unofficially at his mom's place of business.
  11. Hello again everyone! I have been working, since this summer, at a residential home for DD clients and for the most part I love it; there's no lifting, no toileting messes, no call bells. I cook, clean, pass meds and help the residents with their bathing in the morning. They can all dress themselves, feed themselves, etc. Even though these people are adults, they have do have child-like personalities and love to color, bead string for necklaces, listen to audio books or look at pictures, etc. When doing the wash, etc, I have been here long enough to know what belongs to who but I have been told that I am not allowed to wash the females' laundry with the males, (but it's okay to wash the females' laundry together with another female's and vice versa for the males), because of fear of "cross-contamination". Also, the female residents are not allowed to be visiting the males alone in their rooms and vice versa. I asked why once and the answer I got back was that it; "Just looks bad,". I'm wondering what, exactly, is the risk of washing their laundry together other than something not getting put in the right drawer, etc. Cross-contamination of what, exactly, the dreaded cooties virus? Keep in mind this is a small house with only five residents whose rooms are all three right across the hall from each other. And they share two bathrooms, eat together, etc. And is there some rule that says it's bad to allow men and women time alone together in their rooms? Common areas are fine, though, and same gender residents can visit each other in their rooms just fine. Thank you all for reading this!
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    Interesting Little Story...

    I just wanted to share something one of my residents said to me with you all today that had me biting the inside of my mouth to keep my serious face on that I thought you'd all enjoy. And there is a question right after. Here's the brief resident background first: 45 year old female with below average IQ, bipolar and generalized anxiety disorders, high functioning autism, type 2 diabetic diet-controlled and Torrette's. She is very chatty and extremely articulate but has trouble understanding metaphors and analogies and such. The exchange: Her: "Do you believe in telekinetic powers?" Me: "I don't know. I've seen it done in books and movies," Her: "I experienced telekinesis back on the tenth of May, 1993." Me: "Oh, really?" Her: "Yes. I sent my spirit out of my body and moved my friend around on the porch and then lifted him up into midair and threw him off the porch! My sister says never to do it again cause it's witchcraft!" Me: "Well, just as long as you don't do it to me! I like my feet on the ground. Literally!" Her: "Don't worry! I'd never do that to you!" Me: "Oh, good!" Question time: Does this sound like a delirium "reality" possibly due to an illness, blood sugar or medication changes , (She was recently in the hospital for minor surgery, (toe amputation) and they gave her two new meds which she's been on now for about a week and a half and I checked her blood sugar and it was with normal range for her and she knew the correct date, time, president and vitals were good, etc...or... Do you think she was just trying to see how gullible I can be by telling me a very detailed little story? Of course I don't believe she really used her spirit to move another human being, but if she truly believes she did then for all outward appearances to her I am a believer. But, I wonder if she was thinking; "This new caregiver will believe anything!" I think telling stories, if that's what this is, and not something she can't help, should be discouraged as it may lead to more harmful falsehoods like; "He/She touched me!" etcetera and all kinds of trouble could occur. Anyway, I had never heard a resident tell me such a thing that was so detailed with dates and everything! Took me by surprise to say the least!
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    Resident of AFH as "Visitor"

    Adult Family Home
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    CNA Duties in MR/DD?

    Well, I am a CNA and my duties include getting the people up, dressed, bathed, fed, medicated and then cleaning the whole house. Glorified maids and babysitters, in a nutshell. But it can very rewarding, too.
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    Handling the "R" word

    The "R" word is used in the care plans of the residents I care for at an AFH.