When patients are in the hospital or nursing home, they often struggle with mental health issues. Accordingly, future Certified Nurse Aides and Home Health Aides must be proficient in recognizing the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues such as depression or dementia. They must also be aware of problems caused by stress or anxiety.
Clear, concise communication, open body language, and calming words often help patients feel at ease and more relaxed. In addition, CNAs and HHAs must know how to help patients that suffer from age-related confusion or dementia. CNAs who know how to effectively manage these types of problems are particularly valuable. This value makes them highly desirable in the healthcare settings they are employed in.