As a CNA one of your most critical roles in residents’ care is to assist them in improving their own ability to care for themselves and develop independence in their day to day activities.
In truth, this is also a legal issue as the Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1987 (also known as OBRA) was implemented by the administration of President Ronald Reagan. This legislation was designed to ensure that caregivers in nursing homes would not just maintain the health of residents, but assist them in reaching their highest degree of function using all available resources.
As a CNA, it’s important to keep in mind that your role is more than maintenance, you need to provide motivation and support for those you care for.
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