One of the most rapidly expanding specializations for Certified Nursing Assistants is in the area of home healthcare. As more and more independent-minded baby boomers settle into the senior age bracket and need living assistance, but aren’t willing to leave their homes for a special facility, this type of medical care is only expected to further grow in coming years.
CNAs have long been an integral part of the medical community, working in doctor’s offices, clinics and hospitals. Home healthcare adds another interesting facet to the field that has a reputation for being stable, well-paying and personally rewarding.
Home healthcare patients can range from those who recently had surgery and need extra assistance while they recuperate to those who can no longer live on their own or who are chronically ill and require either part time or full time medical care.
Working in a home healthcare environment can be especially rewarding because the patient is able to remain in a situation that is comfortable for them. This provides special opportunities for personal engagement that can make the job even more satisfying. But despite the rewards, being a CNA in a home healthcare environment can also pose certain challenges that workers in office situations do not encounter.
When you work with a patient in their home, you are, in effect, on their turf and subject to certain factors that are unlikely to be present in a more formal medical facility like a hospital or doctor’s office. For example, you may run into patients who are regular smokers. It may be difficult to get them to understand the dangers smoking presents to themselves and those people who assist them. In those cases, it will be incumbent on the medical provider to find a solution to the dilemma. This can be done through research. Seek out electronic cig advice and information on other cessation alternatives that may be available.
Further challenges include difficult family members and potentially unhygienic living conditions. Some CNAs may also find themselves uncomfortable in low-income neighborhoods where some of their clients may reside. Additionally, along with the freedom of working outside an office, being a home healthcare CAN requires more driving as you go from appointment to appointment. In areas with heavy traffic, or high gas prices, this can be a considerable hurdle.
While being a home healthcare CNA may not be for everyone, it is a rewarding and flexible area that has strong potential for future growth and advancement. And that represents a recipe for success for those who can rise above the hurdles.