Caregiving Research Reporter
The journal BMC Geriatrics published an interesting study on ways CNAs can build caring relationships with nursing home residents.
Here are a few key tips based on their findings:
- Try and brighten up your resident's days with some humor - just make sure it's good natured and welcome. You'll find little jokes and funny stories can go a long way in creating a nice friendship.
- Engage in social chitchat. Ask residents about their loved ones and past life. And tell them about yourself and your family, as if you were having a conversation with a friend. They'll be more likely to open up to you, if you are open with them.
- Remember, residents need your emotional support as well as physical care. Comfort them if you see them worried, sad or crying. Celebrate their joys with them if they are happy. If shows that you truly care.
- And, finally, how are you doing in showing appreciation when residents do something nice for you? Do you say yes if they offer their help? And do you make sure they know their help made a difference?
It takes time to build nice relationships with residents, say the researchers. But the benefits are worthwile. Residents experience improved well-being and are more likely to collaborate in their care, making your job more satisfying but also less demanding.