Staff, Staff, Staff.
At Bel Aire, we know caregivers soon become like family instead of just “another employee.” However, let’s go back to the first step, the “hiring process.” Now with a highly competitive job market you could easily search, assisted living facilities or hiring CNAs. Many employers have other tricks up their sleeve, instead of just promoting hiring ads, because there is a battle ensuing for lower tier healthcare employees. Many job promotions seem to make working in assisted living facilities sound almost boring. Where larger companies such as Google or Facebook are receiving nearly 50,000 resumes daily, and their ads make work sound like fun!
With tens of thousands of applicants, you could imagine there being barely or no hiring struggle. At Bel Aire Senior Living, we have a system. We know that to have an amazing assisted living residence with amenities and fun for our residents’ family members, a key to our success is that we need to have amazing people working here, and our CNAs are those key people.
At Bel Aire we do our best to make sure the staff is recognized and feel that they are a main part of our successes. With four time and a half paid holidays, free meals, and a collegial atmosphere, we make our assisted living residence the best place for everyone – residents, visitors, and employees alike.
Now, with more accommodating state rules put into place in Utah, you are now able to apply for a Caregiving job without a CNA certification. Don’t panic if you already have your CNA Certification! We love those who have additional training and skill sets to act as mentors and leads to those with less caregiving experience.
Here at Bel Aire we can’t wait to meet and hire all these caring and amazing hardworker’s that only want the best for our residents! With every opportunity to become better in the most rewarding field around.
Is Your Glass Half Empty, or Half Full?
As a person ages, they are less likely to retain healthy water levels in their system, as well as having a decrease in thirst sensation. Because of these phenomena, our senior population is more susceptible to dehydration. We are all familiar with the 8X8 rule – drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water a day. But, what happens if you don’t or you can’t consume that much fluid easily?
Being dehydrated can cause additional problems than only needing water. It can lead to headaches, dry mouth, low blood pressure which in turn leads to dizziness, and dizziness leads to falls. It can also cause urinary tract infections as well as constipation. Those issue as also bring a new problem for seniors such as increased confusion.
When people are hydrated they have the added benefits of:
- Increased physical strength – Water helps oxygen move to the muscles, which gives the muscles necessary bodily support and increased physical abilities.
- Increased memory function – Our brain is made up of 73% water, thus the need of water to function properly. When we are hydrated our memory’s cognitive function improves, which promotes improved focus, concentration and alertness.
- Reduced toxins that can cause infections – The more water a person drinks the more toxins are released from the body, preventing kidney stones and urinary tract infections. Excessive amounts of water may cause electrolyte depletion in the system, so be careful not to overdo your water intake.
- Improved heart health – Hydration helps keep the same consistency of blood, plasma, and other proteins that are passed through our system leading to a healthier heart.
As a senior it is difficult to be sure you are receiving adequate daily amounts of fluids, and that is why at Bel Aire Senior Living we instituted a resident hydration program in 2005. In our year-round arid, Utah climate, it is critical to us that our residents are continuously hydrated. Our program consists of daily distribution of fresh 16 oz. mugs filled with ice water to each resident in the mornings, refill mugs during snack time in the mid-afternoons, and at bedtime refill. When we see a resident hasn’t been drinking their water, we invite them to take two big sips from their mug. Likewise, when a resident is receiving their medications we ask them for additional water intake. The hydration program does not include what a resident drinks at meals – that is additional hydration beyond their sipping throughout the day.
Results: UTIs down 78%; Falls down 52% in the quarter after implementing the hydration program.