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One of the best things about choosing to become a CNA is that there will be many different work environments available to you. You probably already know that CNAs can work in hospitals and nursing homes, but did you know that more and more CNAs today are choosing to work in non-traditional working environments?
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In fact, there is a growing demand for nursing assistants in such non-traditional work settings as rehabilitation centers, hospice care centers and home healthcare companies. However, one of the most popular career options for CNAs these days is obtaining employment in adult daycare centers. If this sounds like something you would like to do, the following information can answer any questions you may have.
What is an Adult Daycare?
Adult daycare centers are much like child daycare centers in that they typically operate five days a week during normal business hours. Nevertheless, some of them do offer services after hours, on weekends and during holidays. While most adult daycare centers provide basic medical care, some of them do not.
About half of all clients in adult daycare centers have a form of cognitive impairment and require help with some of their day-to-day living activities. The staff of these types of daycare centers typically consists of a center director, a social worker, volunteers, nutritionists and certified nursing assistants.
What do Adult Daycare CNAs Do?
As an adult daycare CNA, you will find yourself performing a broad range of important tasks. Some of these duties will be medical-related, and some will be related to personal care or enrichment. In fact, each day may be different presenting new and exciting challenges at every turn!
In any case, to give you a better idea of what you may need to do during your work day, some common responsibilities of adult daycare CNAs are as follows. Keep in mind that the tasks you will need to perform will depend on the type of care that your employer offers and the unique needs of each patient that is assigned to you.
- Serving Meals to Patients and Helping Them Eat
- Helping Patients with Personal Grooming
- Ensuring Patients Take Their Medication On Time
- Helping Patients to and from the Bathroom
- Arranging Enrichment Activities for Patients
- Assisting Patients with Hobbies and Crafts
- Assisting During Special Arranged Activities
Do I Need Specific Training to Work in an Adult Daycare?
Aside from earning your CNA certification, you do not need any special training to work as an adult daycare CNA. However, it can certainly make your resume more appealing and boost your chances of securing employment in an adult daycare center if you complete coursework in geriatrics and elder care. Most nursing assistant programs offer these courses as options to fulfill your program's requirements.
How Much Does an Adult Daycare CNA Earn?
The salary you will earn as an adult daycare CNA will vary depending on several factors including your employer, city and state, experience, and credentials. But you will be glad to know that adult daycare CNAs earned an average comfortable salary of $29,640 per year in 2019. This is almost equal to the average yearly salary for all CNAs in 2020 - $30,830.
With salaries around $29,640 per year and a demand that is steadily increasing, choosing to work as an adult daycare CNA is a great career option today.