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Did Someone Say Adventure?

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January is the month to celebrate National Activity Professional Week! This year, it’s celebrated from Jan. 23 to 27, with theme of “Adventure Awaits.” The National Association of Ac...

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Brrr…It’s Cold in Here

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December is here. For me this month brings kids being out of school for two weeks, lots of families visiting my residents for the holiday, and — of course — the joy from the most wonderful...

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When a Resident or Client Loses a Pet, You Can Help

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I remember in college losing my childhood pet – a cat named Tiger. I only got to see him on Christmas and Spring breaks, but I had grown up with him and was devastated. Something similar sometimes hap...

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The Many Roles of a CNA

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When I began helping my family members with my brother-in-law’s care at the end of his life, I was honored to help and take on this role, and to utilize my experience as a certified end-of-life ...

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Whooping Cough’s Not Just for Kids: What You Need to Know

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If you think of whooping cough, or pertussis, as a childhood illness, think again. Adults of any age can contract this condition. In fact, in 2019 nearly 25 percent of reported whooping cough cases in...

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Promoting Hospice in the African American Community

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Culture is often a factor in non-acceptance of hospice. Taking care of family members is a way to express respect, gratitude, and dignity. And family members are trusted to make the best end-of-life c...

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Staycation, CNA Style

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Summer has felt crazy this year. The kids are restless and running out of activities to keep them busy. They can’t even swim in the pool because this heat makes it feel like a hot tub. So, they ...

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10 Facts About Monkeypox

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The pandemic has taught us much about the danger of viruses. We know that we can’t ignore infectious diseases or potential signs of illness. You no doubt have been hearing about monkeypox lately. Whil...

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We Are Warriors

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Have you ever read a book or watched a movie that you had an unexpected connection with? I recently found myself connected with a movie I was watching late one night. To set the scene, it was a battle...