As a CNA, you will check residents’ weights as part of your care. Accurate and consistent assessment of resident’s nutritional status is very important. Weight measurements assist staff with assessing the resident’s nutrition and hydration status.
Weight loss can affect health, safety, and quality of life. For persons with morbid obesity, controlled and careful weight loss can improve mobility and health status. There are many conditions that could affect the resident’s ability to maintain adequate nutrition and hydration, such as swallowing disorders. Weight loss may be an important indicator of a change in the resident’s health status or environment.
Measuring and recording weight of an ambulatory resident:
-Identifies self by name
-Identifies resident and greet resident by name.
-Explain procedure to resident
-Provides for resident’s privacy with a curtain, screen or door.
-Starts with scale balanced at zero.
-Helps resident remove shoes and step onto center of scale
-Helps resident off scale
-Records resident’s weight
Weigh residents at the same time of day. Use the same scale