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Ways That Nursing Assistants Can Keep the Noise Level Low in Facilities

Studies have revealed that excessive noise can have both negative physical and emotional effects on both residents and healthcare members. Residents and those who are chronically ill can sometimes be sensitive to noises. Especially those who may suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Mental and psychosocial effects of excessive noise on residents and staff members can include:

  • Increased feelings of stress
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Impaired judgment
  • Altered perceptions
  • Difficulty concentrating

Noises can be frightening to residents, causing them to be upset, anxious and uncomfortable.  Residents need peaceful surroundings, those that are free from any unnecessary noises, particularly at night when they are trying to sleep. There are several ways for Nursing Assistants to keep the noise level to a minimal in nursing facilities. 

Some approaches CNAs can make for noise reduction during residents’ hours of sleep include:

  • Not banging equipment
  • Keeping their voice low
  • Promptly answering ringing telephones and call lights
  • Closing doors when residents ask
  • Lowering lights to create a more restful atmosphere
  • Turning off televisions when they are not in use
  • Avoid lengthy conversations when providing care during the night
  • If you are in the room for one purpose, complete other tasks as well
  • Eliminating use of the overhead paging system.  It is essential that the health care team be able to locate and share information as needed, however, its not always necessary for the entire facility to hear about it.
  • Restocking and supply deliveries to an hour when residents would be expected to be awake; don’t do it in the middle of the night

The best nursing facility noise reduction and control program will combines human noise control with environmental and equipment modifications. Reducing noise pollution is only one way that staff and family members can provide a safe, caring, and low-stress environment. Its not only the Certified Nursing Assistant responsibility to keep the noise level low in nursing facilities, but the whole healthcare team.  By working together as a team we can greatly reduce the noise levels in nursing facilities.