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By MARYANN SILVA

The Mirror reporter

Maryann Lenea is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Caregiver. She has been a caregiver for 14 years but has been a CNA for only 10. Lenea loves her job and wouldn’t change it. Lenea works at a facility in Plover that provides care to elderly that need the care. Here’s what Lenea had to say.

What is assisted living?

Assisted living is known as congregate housing, residential care, adult congregate care, boarding home, or domiciliary care are suitable for individuals who need very little daily care. In terms of medical needs, little care might be considered assistance with medication or intermittent skilled nursing care.

What is a caregiver?

They are individuals that provide assistance to the disabled and elderly with day-to-day. A caregiver may also help a client to eat, dress or bathe. Some caregivers are employed as live-in companions, with room and board provided by the patient in addition to a regular paycheck. A caregiver that is not providing medical services needs no formal training, licensing or certification.

What is a CNA?

A CNA is a certified nursing assistant.

At the job you work now, who are the people?

The people I take care of are mostly elderly. At the other house, they take care of the elderly with dementia.

If you had to describe one major thing that primarily a caregiver does, what is it?

One major thing that we primarily do is just make sure everyone is comfortable and provide whatever that individual needs.

What have you learned over the years being a caregiver?

Over the years I’ve learned that there can be good days and there can be bad days. It can be difficult to do sometimes but I love doing it. You learn that everyone has a different personality and as you work you get to know them and what kinds of needs they have.

Do you enjoy your job?

I love my job. I’ve always said if you just work for money then your life will be difficult. I work at a great place and love all the people I help take care of. I always say they’re like my second family.

Do you believe that the care the facility is providing is very useful for those who need it?

Yes, I do believe that because people there are very appreciative of the work we do. Their family, especially, is always appreciative of the care we provide.

Do you think assisted living places need more caregivers?

Yes! We always need help. We need a lot of help in order to provide the care that they need. I’m getting up there in age and a lot of the people I work with are getting up there in age so we need the younger generation to step in. Eventually, we are going to be the people who need assistance. I hope kids realize that the generation now like myself…are someday going to need to be assisted in living. We need hard workers and dedicated workers for now and generations to come.