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Keeping it Safe

As part of her responsibilities as a nursing assistant, Stella looks for any areas that could be hazardous for residents or staff at Fairhaven Care Center.

Because many of the residents have poor mobility, Stella watches to make sure that all floors, stairs, and doorways are clear from tripping hazards and clutter. She looks out for lamp cords that are in walking areas, and she makes sure there are no throw rugs in any of the rooms, floors, lobbies, or common areas. If Stella notices a liquid spill, she makes sure it is cleaned up immediately.

Good lighting is necessary even during daylight hours. Shadowed areas can hide hazards, so there should be adequate lighting at all times. At night, Stella makes sure the nightlight in each resident's room is on.

Stella always cautions the residents to use the handrails in the hall and stairway, especially if they are feeling unsteady. She also makes sure they know how to use the grab bars in the bathroom to give them support when using the toilet or showering. If a handrail or grab bar is loose, Stella contacts Building Services to have the problem fixed.

Stella, like all nursing assistants, cares about the safety and wellness of her patients. Monitoring safety is an important part of her job.

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© 2015 by Southwest Adult Basic Education

Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners