Courtesy of the 4/23/15 and 4/30/15 editions of THE CHRONICLE.
Presented with Membership Award
Leonard Carstensen was presented with a Certificate of Continuous Membership from the American Legion. Leonard has been a member of Odebolt Legion Post 313 for 60 years. Post Commander Jim Scott presented the certificate to Leonard.
ONRC Hosts Brunch
An Appreciation Brunch for volunteers at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center was held April 14. Entertainment was provided by the Prairie Pedlar. Each volunteer was awarded with a plant and pin.
Celebrating CNAs and their Profession
Odebolt Nursing & Rehab Center hosted a rally presented by the National Association of Health Care assistants (NAHCA) to recognize their certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and their dedication to providing care for Iowa's frail and elderly. This is just one stop on a month-long statewide tour "CNAs caring for an Aging America, Proudly Taking it On!"
On April 24 the NAHCA Co-founders, Lori Porter and Lisa Cantrell staged an outdoor "rally" to honor the CNAs in this community for their work and dedication. Porter explains "Being a CNA is very difficult, both physically and emotionally. We wanted to use this opportunity to recognize their important work, and well as bring a spotlight to the profession, highlighting the rewards of caregiving so that others will consider the CNA career path."
CNAs provide over 90 percent of the bedside care and are instrumental in the delivery of quality care. The demand for CNAs is great; the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the need for CNAs will grow by 21 percent through 2022 due to aging "baby boomers," growing rates of chronic conditions, and dementia. NAHCA was created in 1995 to provide much needed recognition and ongoing education for the CNA profession, as well as a platform to recruit individuals to the CNA role.