I recently heard a comment made that CCA workers are nothing more then glorified housekeepers.. So this is what my rant is about today.. I want to take you on a walk though a day in the life of a CCA worker and you decide for yourself if they are glorified housekeepers.
A CCA works 12 hours of rotating shifts.. Most times working short staffed..let's take today for example.. They were down a total of five staff members.. The staff that have worked all day are now going to be putting in 16 hours instead of 12..
Approxmiemently 80% of the clients are in wheelchairs , not up walking around. This means they have to use a mechanical lift to get them in and out of bed.
They do all of their daily living activities, which include, bathing, dressing, brushing their teeth, combing their hair etc. They serve them their meals, and feed the ones who can no longer feed themselves.
As a CCA they are also required to report on clients falls and near near misses, clients aggression, changes in clients, clients appointments, and any other info that might impact the care and safety of the client.
They do inventory, replenish charts, thin charts, label clothing, set tables, clean wheelchairs and walkers, do hourly checks on clients whereabouts, do recreation, sanitize equipment, do laundry. They also change adult briefs full of urine, and bowel movements. They get slapped, pinched, clawed, yelled at, spit on and bitten.
At the same time :
They care for people who can not care for themself anymore.. They are their family when their own family is not there.. They are a friend, they listen to their stories, they hold their hand when they are scared, they comfort them when they are at the last stages of life. To me this is not a glorified housekeeper. This is a CCA so please do not judge me for I look after your family when you're not there.