One of the most personal relationships residents develop while they are in our care at Advantage Living Centers is with our Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). These dedicated men and women wear many hats and their commitment to our residents is unmatched.
It’s National CNA Week, so this week we are celebrating all of the great work our CNAs do on a daily basis – their actions are pivotal to the day-to-day operations of all of the Advantage facilities.
Certified Nursing Assistants are responsible for the direct daily care of residents at our facilities; everything from getting ready in the morning to serving meals, taking vitals, transportation and our residents’ nighttime routines (just to name a few).
As one of our CNAs put it, “You become their family when theirs cannot be there. Your patients learn to trust you both as a caregiver and as a friend because of the time spent with them. You learn their favorite hobbies, music, games, meals, as well as their least-favorite people or dessert from the cafeteria. You are there to watch them laugh and smile but also to comfort them through tears and pain.”
When unexpected emergencies arise, CNAs ensure the little details aren’t forgotten. Their hard work is crucial to the healing process for short term residents and the daily comfort of those with us long term.
All of us here at Advantage Living Centers are incredibly appreciative and thankful for the 575 CNAs caring for residents across our facilities. You have one of the most important and pivotal jobs in the world, and we thank you for all that you do!
The Centers for Disease Control reports that heart disease is currently the deadliest disease facing the U.S., taking the lives of 610,000 Americans per year – that’s one in four deaths. It changes the lives of men, women and children across Michigan and the country including some of those at Advantage Living Center facilities. Some of our residents suffer from heart disease and the effects of stroke, a condition our staff is knowledgeable on
Advantage Living Centers became involved with the American Heart Association for two reasons.
First, we wanted to create a healthier environment for our staff and residents, particularly one that focused on making healthy food choices and increased exercise. The American Heart Association supported us with their Healthy Food and Beverage Toolkit. This was a great resource for our staff along with residents and their families looking to make heart health a priority.
Second, we serve many residents during short and long term stays, who have cardiac and related conditions and we wanted to be involved in educating both them and the public on how to prevent heart disease. Our staff has become more educated on how to prevent and treat cardiac disease as well as the early warning signs and symptoms of heart disease and heart attacks. Many of our facilities have cardiologists who come to our facilities 2-3 times per month to treat our residents and our therapists are skilled in post stroke care. These therapists and cardiologists work closely with each other to help residents recover after cardiac events such as heart attack and congestive heart failure.
4 years ago, Reggie and I became involved in American Heart Association’s Executive Leadership Team and board members for the Heart Walk. Our staff, residents and supporters actively fundraised within the Advantage Living Centers communities with Reggie as the local spokesperson for the 2016 Detroit Heart Walk while Kelsey became a board member on the Southeastern Michigan American Heart Association. In July 2017, she will assume the role of President of the board.
In our time working with the American Heart Association, our facility teams have started Art for the Heart, which has become a national painting program for individuals with heart disease or stroke and have raised funds and participated in the Detroit Heart Walk with our Heart Mascot annually.
It’s incredibly important for us to remember to take care of our hearts, not only now but throughout our lives. The major contributing factors of heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking, with 47% of Americans have at least one of these risk factors.
Advantage Living Centers’ goal is to help heal hearts: the physical heart through our physicians, nurses and therapists and the emotional heart through every individual who touches the lives of the people who stay with us short and long term. Our mission focuses on improving health and well being and to help people realize their potential in their future.
Kelsey Hastings, co-owner