Weighing and Measuring Residents

Weighing and Measuring Residents 

Accurate measurements of residents’ height and weight play a crucial role in maintaining residents’ nutritional health and well-being. This information is used to identify residents who are at unhealthy weights or who have experienced significant weight fluctuations. Staff members of a long-term care facility can then take the necessary steps to ensure residents are receiving the proper care to meet their needs. It is essential that you understand the importance of accurate height and weight measurements to residents’ nutritional health and well-being. You should also be familiar with the correct methods to measure and weigh residents.


Hours: 0.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1832047

Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators


This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-WMR
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Identify proper guidelines for obtaining an accurate height and weight measurement.
Identify the measures that can be implemented to help residents maintain a healthy weight.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Height and Weight Measurements A. Nutritional Health and Well Being B. Residents’ Privacy C. Measuring Height D. Measuring Immobile or Contracted Residents E. Measuring Weight F. Types of Scales G. Calculating and Comparing Weight H. General Guidelines I. Calibrating J. Review K. Summary Section 3: Weight Changes A. Significant Weight Change B. Weight Changes C. Assessing Weight Changes D. Addressing Weight Changes E. Diet F. Review G. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. References D. Congratulations

Expert Reviewer: Jessica Cairns, RN, RAC-CT, CMAC
Jessica has almost 15 years of experience in nursing and 10 years in MDS/PAC working with organizations for the purposes of assessment, reimbursement, training, organizational, and leadership development. In these roles, she has acted as a consultant and auditor. Jessica has written content for diverse healthcare topics, including health and human services, compliance and more. Disclosure: Jessica Cairns, RN, RAC-CT, CMAC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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The target audience for this course is: Entry level Direct Care Workers; Entry level General Staff; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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