Exercise and movement

Exercise and movement

Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) must proficiently understand basic patient body mechanics and principles of exercise. This includes rehabilitative and restorative care practices. Nurse aides will be trained in how to assist patients during their rehabilitation activities. Examples may include walking with a walker or cane, exercising, or getting into bed.

During training, the CNA will also learn how to properly use a mechanical lift, move a patient safely into bed, and prevent accidents during the patient’s treatment and exercise plan.

A Home Health Aide (HHA) may also be tasked by the professional provider. They could help ensure that a patient’s exercises and routine are monitored and carried out as directed. Plus, HHAs are key partners in helping their clients get exercise, move and transfer around the home, and make it into bed safely.