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Hiring a Companion is a great way to provide personal assistance, light housekeeping and meal preparation, and friendship for your loved one who otherwise would spend much of their time alone. There is no formal schooling required to be a Companion and requirements vary from employer to employer. We consider not just work experience, but life experience as well. We look for individuals committed to helping others with warmth and compassion.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
A CNA assists patients with activities of daily living, monitors medication reminders and vitals, and offers emotional, physical, and social support. A CNA reports to an LPN or RN, and will always have oversight. He or she will have 75-150 hours of training in a CNA program and must pass a state-sanctioned competency test. A Home Health Aide is an individual who has completed a state-approved program of at least 75 hours of training, but has not taken the CNA exam. So a home health aide is between a companion and a CNA.
You probably know the medical assistant as the person you meet upon entering an exam room at a doctor’s office. He or she will ask you for some health history, record information, and may take your vitals. A medical assistant will also perform appointment scheduling and data entry. Completion of a one-year certificate program or Associate Degree is standard; certification is not legally mandated. This person differs from a CNA in the type of training; CNAs are typically more trained for ‘hands-on’ care like bathing/dressing, while a Medical Assistant may be more trained in procedures like performing an EKG (a heart monitoring test) or doing lab draws.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
An LPN reports directly to an RN and can carry out most of the same job responsibilities, with a few tasks that they must have an RN do for them. They are responsible for the tasks associated with the care of their patients and are expected to report even minor changes in a patient to an RN or other medical professional. Typically, becoming an LPN requires about one year of education culminating in a certificate. An individual must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses.
Registered Nurse (RN)
Registered Nurses are the primary go-to practitioner for most doctor’s offices, hospitals, and facilities because they can do almost anything a physician orders, are trained on assessments, and have the expertise and critical thinking skills to operate without extensive oversight. RNs coordinate care, perform diagnostic test and analyze results, instruct patients on how to manage illnesses after treatment, and oversee other workers such as LPNs, nursing aides, and home care aides.
Registered Nurses all have to pass the same exam nationwide, called the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses. Some RN’s start with an Associate Degree (ADN) and some have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Regardless of level of education, all have to pass the same test.
Silver Lining has Registered Nurses overseeing all care and working closely with LPNs and CNAs to administer the right customized care.
A social worker is committed to improving the social environment and well being of people by facilitating, and developing resources. Our social worker at Silver Lining is Jeanne Dukes of Lewes Counseling. Jeanne is an invaluable resource in helping seniors transition to home health care, and for understanding a variety of other options. She also specializes in mental health.
Advanced Practice Nurse
An Advanced Practice Nurse is someone who started with a degree as a Registered Nurse and then moved on to higher education and has at least a Master’s degree. Advanced practice nurses provide and coordinate patient care and they may provide primary and specialty health care. There are four types of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN or APNs): Certified Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. APNs can be primary care providers depending on the area that you live.