A Day in the Life of a Caregiver

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Hi! My name is Dory Wood-Lane and I’m both an in-home caregiver and a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  I get asked a lot of questions about what I do in my job so I thought I’d answer a few of those questions today.

Do you only work in people’s homes or do you help those in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities too?

I help people wherever they live currently.  If someone is currently living in a physical rehab facility, assisted living apartment, or a skilled nursing facility, I can and do assist in those places as well.  For instance, one of my very favorite past clients had a stroke and had to move from her home to a skilled nursing facility. The nurses and CNA’s of that facility provided her medical care, while I primarily served as a companion and gave assistance with ADLs. I did this until my client was able to be moved into a Memory Care Unit. Basically, I was a familiar bridge between her old life and her new one, keeping her comfortable and happy.

In other situations, I’ve been the extra help and reassurance both client and their families need as the client faces extraordinary or new medical circumstances. I’m able to stay for 24-hour care with hospice patients, patients at risk of falling or otherwise might be too frail or weak to risk being left unattended throughout their day.

What are ADLs?

ADLs are Activities of Daily Living and include everything from toileting assistance to bathing or showering , dressing, putting on makeup, medication reminders, transferring from one place to another (bed to chair, chair to toilet, chair to car, etc.), and feeding to bed baths and repositioning in bed if the client is bed bound. I even wash and style hair, do manicures, and give light, comforting massages!  The one ADL that is against the law for me to do?  Cut toenails!  I can paint your toenails, but not cut them.  For some reason, I find this humorous, but there are very solid medical reasons why this is not allowed.

Do you provide memory care for clients with dementia?

Yes, as a matter of fact I specialize in this kind of care.  I have many years of experience assisting people with dementia of all types.  I also have received specialized training in this area. If you have a parent or loved one with dementia, please know that I will do everything I can to keep them safe, healthy, and peacefully happy.

Will you take me or my parents/loved ones to doctor appointments?

Yes, I’ll be most happy to accompany you or your loved one to doctor appointments. I’ll take of everything necessary, including keeping a schedule of future appointments, driving, and assisting you back to the examination, testing, or treatment room. If asked to do so, I will even take notes of the visit in case there is anything you want to review later, such as medication changes, new diagnoses or treatment plans, referrals to specialists or for tests, and insurance claims and billing issues.  With over 20 years experience as both a medical transcriptionist and medical office manager, I speak medical! More importantly, I understand medical terminology and can translate it to terms easily understood by non-medical people.

I’m sure there are many more questions you might have, but time is short for me today. I have a client to assist in a couple of hours and I mustn’t be late!

Please, leave any questions or comments you might have in the comments below and  I promise I’ll answer and respond in my next blog post!  Have a great day!

4 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Caregiver”

  1. Hi Doris,I also live in Colorado Springs and I also have been a CNA for the past 25years..a job I love very much and will probably do until I retire.

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