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Health Sciences Students can Gain Valuable Health Care Experience with CaregiverUSA

Health Sciences Students can Gain Valuable Health Care Experience with CaregiverUSA

Hi, my name is Amanda, and I am in my fourth year at The Ohio State University. I will be graduating this upcoming spring with a B.S. in Health Sciences, and a minor in Biology and I have hopes of attending a physician assistant program come next fall. Physician assistants are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. A lot of prior education, training, and experience is required to become a physician assistant.

As a full-time student, finding ways to gain valuable health care experience was extremely difficult as many health care positions, especially those in facilities, require pricey certifications and time-consuming training, in addition to intense time commitments. This is unrealistic for a student whose goal is to excel in his or her 15 credit hours of coursework to maintain a competitive GPA to be admitted into any graduate program.

This is why when I heard about the opportunities at CaregiverUSA in an e-mail from my advisor, I did not waste any time in finding out more information. I felt comfortable beginning my journey with CGUSA knowing that I was going to be alongside my classmates. Within a month after first coming into contact with CaregiverUSA, I was able to begin my first home health position.

CGUSA provided me with an opportunity to familiarize myself with the patient population before obtaining my STNA certification through homemaking. At first, going into people’s homes was intimidating to me, but CGUSA made sure that someone was there to meet and orient me until I felt comfortable and, with the help of the CGUSA nursing team, it was not long until I felt fully confident in my ability to perform my job. Additionally, CGUSA provided me with details on an STNA training program that would be easily accessible to me and that I could take when my busy student schedule permitted me to. Once I successfully completed the STNA training course, I was able to gain even more valuable experience through the administration of personal care. My job as a CHHA has allowed me to grow as a future health care professional, helping me to develop my interpersonal skills, work as a team, and understand and learn other skills necessary to work in healthcare.

Through the referral program, I was able to develop a team of individuals that work together with the provision of improved care for our communities’ elders. Our team works in a similar manner to teams in healthcare facilities that we as students soon hope to become a part of. With the support and help of each of our team members, we can help accommodate each other’s schedules to ensure that both our clients and caregivers are being taken care of.

Working as a CHHA has been an overall extremely positive experience for me and has only further confirmed my aspirations to become a physician assistant. The guidance and support of the CGUSA team, flexible scheduling, and precious experience I have obtained working for CGUSA are just a few of the many reasons why I would highly recommend considering a position with them.

Tell your older loved ones ‘don’t fall for me’ this Valentine’s Day

For all kids who love their grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives: You can help your older loved ones prevent falls by telling them “don’t fall for me” this Valentine’s Day.

You’ve probably fallen down many times in your life and may have gotten some bruises and scrapes, maybe even a broken bone. Did you know that falls can be much more serious for older adults? Some older adults may have to go to the hospital or a nursing home because of a fall. Plus, they may need more help doing things they used to do for themselves because they got hurt or are afraid of falling.

The good news is that falls are not a normal part of aging. Most falls can be prevented – and you can help! Ohio has a program called STEADY U Ohio, which teaches Ohioans of all ages how to prevent falls. Ask your parents’ permission to visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov and download free Valentine’s Day cards to give to your older loved ones, such as your grandparents, great aunts and uncles and more.

When you give them their Valentine’s card, help them look around their homes to find things that could cause them to fall. Some things to look for include:

  • Rugs – Rugs that slip or bunch up when you step on them can cause you to trip and fall.
  • Clutter – Papers, bags, cords, boxes or any other items in or near walkways should be put away in a cabinet or closet, or thrown away.
  • Lights – Older adults need more light to see well. Ask them to add lamps to dark rooms and put night lights along walkways.
  • Stairs – Is there a sturdy hand rail to help them climb up and down the steps? Is there enough light? Keep the stairway clean and clear of obstacles.
  • Kitchen – Suggest they move things they use all the time, like pots and pans and spices, to middle shelves so they can reach them without bending or stretching.
  • Bathroom – Most accidents happen in the bathroom. Look for a non-slip mat in the shower or bath tub and a rug that does not slip or bunch up. Suggest they have “grab bar” handles installed to help them get in and out of the tub and on and off the toilet.
  • Activity – Exercise is important to prevent falls. Offer to take a walk, ride bikes, swim or play games like catch, tennis and tag with them to help them stay active.

Show your loved ones how much you love them this Valentine’s Day them by helping them prevent falls.

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