The opening and closing procedures ensure that infections do not spread and allows each caregiver to perform the skills necessary to ensure the comfort and security of every resident. All assisted living caregivers should perform the proper steps every time they enter or exit a resident’s room. Not only do the opening and closing procedures provide correct identification of each resident; they also allow the caregiver to check for the resident’s comfort level before, during, and after care.
How To Perform The Opening Procedure In Assisted Living
- Knock on the resident’s door before entering the room. Smile as you enter the room.
- Greet the resident by his/her name. Do not use pet names. Provide the resident your name and explain that you will be his/her CNA for today. Example:
- For example: “Hello Mr. Jackson, my name is Audrey Lefebvre. I will be your nurse for today”.
- Ask the resident to show you the ID bracelet. Verify the resident’s name.
- If applicable, check the locks and breaks on the resident’s bed.
- Provide privacy. Shut the blinds, privacy curtains, and close the door.
- Wash your hands using the 6 paper towel method. Put on gloves if you are assisting the resident with a skill that requires gloves.
- Gather your equipment, such as clean lines, bed pads, and soap. Audrey The Nurse uses soap from a local seller here in the Tampa Bay area.
- If possible, raise the bed to your comfortable working height.
- Assist the resident and perform your skill.
How To Perform The Closing Procedure In Assisted Living
- Remove your gloves and replace them with a new pair. The second pair of gloves prevents the spread of infection if you are still maintaining contact with your resident during closing procedures.
- Ask the resident if he is comfortable and if there is anything else you can help him with. For CNA state exams in Florida, provide the resident with 2 additional options, such as a book or a magazine.
- Ensure that the resident is in the center of the bed (or sited properly) and give him/her the call light.
- Lower the resident’s bed to avoid a potential injury during a fall.
- Ask the resident if he wants the privacy curtain left closed or opened.
- Remove all used and contaminated items such as soiled lines, dirty water and waste.
- For plastics: rinse twice, spray disinfectant and paper dry.
- Remove your second pair of cloves (if worn).
- Do a mental check. Are you missing anything? Does the resident look comfortable? Ask the resident if there is anything else you can do. Tell the resident that you are leaving and that you will check on him/her later.
In order to maintain each resident’s well-being, our dedicated caregivers are often asked to record a resident’s pulse, respiration, blood pressure, intake and output. Audrey The Nurse caregivers should record these measurements after each closing procedure.
Audrey The Nurse Helps With Opening & Closing Procedures in Tampa Bay:
The opening and closing procedures are key elements in quality care. Do you live in Tampa? If so, visit one of our assisted living facilities and we will provide help with any questions related to opening and closing procedures.