Hillendale Home Care is licensed by the State of California to provide Certified Nursing training courses for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

CNA School in Walnut Creek CA Teaches CNAs How to Provide Excellent Senior Care Services

Senior Care Services at Home- Helping Seniors Maintain IndependenceCNA School Walnut Creek CA

Considering home care is an advantageous way to help our aging  loved ones continue to maintain an independent life for as long as possible.  There is a vast amount of in-home care options available to seniors today.  Before considering adult daycare or a residential facility, home care services the include a well trained CNA staff are worth learning more about.  It is important to learn how CNAs can help our loved ones….. in order to make an informed decision.

One of the first things that you need to determine is if your loved one is still capable of living an independent lifestyle.  For example, if you were not able to come over for one day, would your loved one make it through the day alone, or would the result be disastrous?  Once you have determined if your loved one is able to maintain an independent lifestyle with help, you need to determine what type of services they will need.

Hillendale CNA School provides the proper training and is committed to help men and women start their CNA careers on the right path.

Here are just a few of the services that a well trained CNA can assist aging loved ones with at home. Ask yourself these questions and then consider hiring a qualified CNA to help at home:

Transportation

  1. Does your loved one still drive safely?

  2. Is your loved one capable of using a senior bus service to complete errands such as grocery shopping?

  3. Does your loved one have trouble walking long distances, such as shopping at the grocery store without the assistance of an electronic cart?

It is essential that your loved ones transportation plan is organized or you may find you are still providing rides and help as needed.  

Daily Care

  1. Is your loved one able to cook timely and nutritious meals on a regular basis?

  2. Does your loved one adequately clean their home without help on a regular basis?

  3. Is your loved one still able to take care of yard work on their own, i.e. cut the grass, etc.?

  4. Can your loved one bathe and take care of personal hygiene matters without help?

If your loved one is unable to take care of basic tasks that are required to live an independent life on a regular basis, homecare could be a great solution.  A CNA can provide many of the services required to help your loved one complete the tasks needed on a day-to-day basis.  Additional support, such as a lawn care service, gives your loved one the peace of mind that they are able to handle things on their own with a little help.

Medical Care

  1. Does your loved one have a chronic illness such as diabetes that needs monitoring?

  2. Is your loved one capable of remembering to take their medication?

  3. Has your loved one recently had an illness or injury that your doctor suggested homecare for after leaving the hospital?

A CNA may not be able to administer medications or give your loved one medical care; however home care agencies often employ skilled nurses that are able to address medical issues.  A CNA can remind your loved one to take their medication, or to follow their doctor’s order to help your loved one maintain independence.  Addressing and monitoring these three key areas in your loved ones life will help you to make a better-informed decision of if home healthcare is the right choice.

If you are considering starting your career as a CNA, call Hillendale CNA School today to learn more about a rewarding career helping our aging loved ones live in their own homes with dignity and independence. If you are considering home care services, call Hillendale Home Care for the best senior care services, with CNAs trained and certified by Hillendale.

Hillendale Home Care is licensed by the State of California to provide Certified Nursing training courses for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Call 925-933-8181 Today!

CNAs in Walnut Creek California Make a Big Difference in the Lives of Seniors

Keeping our parents or grandparents at home with us or independently in their homes seems like a much better option these days than what was Certified Nurse's Aide CAavailable in the past. This holds true because of the options that have opened up over the last decade or so.

Many people are choosing to hire CNAs in Walnut Creek, from home care services like Hillendale Home Care,  for their loved ones over the traditional options of a long term care facility or adult day care; this is not to say that these latter options are still not the best for some families.

As we all know, our loved ones most often are happiest and prefer to stay in their homes as long as possible. With home care, this option can become a reality for seniors.

You might be asking how a CNA can help in providing what your parent or grandparent needs? Over the years, the elderly might find that certain activities aren’t as easy as they used to be and they might be in fear of losing their independence; some families can give assistance where needed and others don’t always have the time due to work hours or children’s activities. This is how a CNA can help. Home care can alleviate the stress of worrying how everything is going to get done and worrying about keeping your older loved one happy and feeling independent.

  • CNAs will provide assistance with light housekeeping duties, such as sweeping, dusting, mopping, doing the dishes, laundry, and changing sheets. Having these light duties eliminated from a family’s schedule allows for more quality time to be spent with your loved one.
  • CNAs can also provide transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, hair appointments, picking up prescriptions, shopping, and other errands. If a client is unable to ride along to run the errands, the caregiver can shop or run the errands for them.
  • The CNA can prepare meals. The preparation doesn’t have to be for just the day they are there; they can prepare a week’s worth of meals and properly package, label, and store them to be eaten later. The meal prep can be an activity that the caregiver and client share together, making it an enjoyable and social experience for both of them.
  • If there is a recent change in the mobility of your elderly family member, the caregiver can help to arrange things in the home that are best suitable for your family member to get around.

The most rewarding part of home care, for both the CNA and the client, is companionship. The CNA is there to provide a caring and nurturing environment. This can be done through conversation, looking at photo albums, playing games, enjoying a movie together, helping the client write a letter or holiday card to a loved one, or hearing about family stories.

 Regardless of the duties that you need a home care provider to take on, it is a great option to keep your elderly family member in the home, feeling independent, and at the same time, enjoying companionship, conversation, and keeping their mind stimulated.

If you are interested in becoming a CNA in Walnut Creek and making a difference in the lives of seniors, contact us today for classes starting in January. Hillendale Home Care is currently accepting applications for our CNA School. Please call Hillendale Home Care at 925-933-8181 to apply or use our quick application e-form. 

Join Us for CNA Certification Training Nov 4- December 19, 2013

CNA/HHA Program DetailsCNA Training Classes

November 4 – December 19, 2013

The goals of Hillendale Home Care CNA training program are:

  • To prepare a student to take the California State CNA Certification Test following 7 weeks of instruction in theory and clinical training.
  • To prepare CNA trainees with the knowledge, skills and judgement to provide care under the direction of a RN, LVN and/or a licensed Physician.
  • To expand and enhance the educational career ladder opportunities in the field of nursing.
  • To instill a commitment to provide rehabilitation, restoration and maintenance of health.

28-Day CNA Training Program

Classroom Theory Training

(Minimum 60 hours total)

  • Monday 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Thursday 9:00am – 4:30pm

Clinical Training

(18 days) (Minimum 100 hours total)

  • Monday 6:30am – 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 6:30am – 3:00pm
  • Wednesday 6:30am – 3:00pm
  • Thursday 6:30am – 3:00pm

The first three weeks will consist of Theory, Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 4:30pm. The last four weeks will consist of Clincials, Monday – Thursday, 6:30am – 3:00pm.

Curriculum

We are in compliance with OBRA & Title 22 regulations to include in the curriculum:

  • Introduction to Nursing Assistant
  • Patients’ Rights
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skill
  • Body Mechanics
  • Medical & Surgical Asepsis
  • Weights & Measures
  • Patient Care Skills
  • Patient Care Procedures
  • Vital Signs
  • Nutrition
  • Emergency Procedures & Safety
  • Care of the Long-Term Resident
  • Rehabilitative Nursing
  • Observation & Charting
  • Death & Dying

Registration Requirements

Enrollment Requirements:

  • All students will be required to complete FBI fingerprints within the first week of the program.
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid Identification with Recent Picture (California Driver’s License, Military ID, Current Passport, etc.)
  • Physical Exam
  • Current T.B. Test
  • Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $150.00

5-Day HHA Training Program

Hillendale’s Home health Aide Program provides 40 plus hours of intensive and enhanced training covering such topics as: Elder Abuse, Chain of Command, Communication, Home Safety, Infection Control in the home setting, Cultural Diversity, Food Prep and Handling and Safe Home maintenance procedures.
At our mandatory HHA orientation three independent study projects are assigned: Home Safety, Community Food Provider and Diet for a specific assigned ‘client’.  All of this prepares the qualified applicant to work safely and efficiently in the home setting under the auspices of Home Health or Hospice Agencies and many other types employment.
This advanced training is for those who already possess CNA Certification or those who have recently passed Hillendale’s CNA pre-certification program and may not yet be certified.  Upon satisfactory completion of this week long class (M-Friday) you will receive the HHA certificate designation from the State of California.

HHA Training Program

  • 5 Days On-Site Theory Training
  • 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • *Prerequisite: Completed CNA Course