Opportunities for CNAs in Home Healthcare

CNA professionals will find there are plenty of job opportunities for a qualified and experienced nursing assistant. One of the jobs that’s most in-demand is in home healthcare.

It’s easy to understand why: there is a limited number of nursing homes and this is combined with increasing life expectancy as people are living longer. A secondary but important factor is that more and more elderly people are deciding to stay in their homes for the last few years of their lives.

A CNA can make their wishes possible and, in turn, the CNA is rewarded with numerous benefits in home healthcare. However, there are many things to consider before you decide that this is the career path for you.

Hours Involved in Home Healthcare

Working in home healthcare relies on the flexibility of the nursing assistant. Your hours may be split, meaning that you would work a few hours in the morning and come back for evening care.

You may also find that you have several clients to care for in one day. However, the flexible hours are often one of the main reasons that CNAs prefer home healthcare.

Physical Demands and Strenuous Work of Healthcare

One of the hardest parts of home healthcare is the physical demand it puts on the body. Back injuries are the most common problems, due to the fact that many clients are unable to walk or stand without assistance.

In the client’s home, CNAs will not have access to medical equipment that would readily be available in a hospital or medical center.

Very few home clients will be able to afford expensive equipment such as a Hoyer Lift to help them in and out of bed. CNAs also have just as much risk from exposure to communicable diseases and possible infection as they would if they worked in a healthcare facility.

Emotional Demands of Nursing Work

One of the downsides of taking care of clients in their homes is the potential to become emotionally involved. Institutional healthcare facilities are often busier and, with more residents to take care of, CNAs are less likely to become attached to their clients.

While it can be difficult at times, it can also be rewarding to know that you are able to give someone the care they need when they need it the most.

Job Outlook for Home Healthcare

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for CNAs is expected to rise continuously through the year 2016. Much of the growth will be in home healthcare due to the increasing number of elderly and the fact that in-home medical treatment is more readily available to them.

The CNA profession is both rewarding and challenging. A career in home healthcare can be demanding, but is also gratifying. For those interested in pursuing a career as a CNA offering home healthcare, the following websites may be helpful in making your decision:

National Network for Career Nursing Assistants -http://cna-network.org/
Nursing Assistants Resources on the Web -http://www.nursingassistants.net/

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