JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY
The home care associate is a paraprofessional member of the home care team who works under the supervision of a geriatric care specialist and assists older adults with daily living activities at the clients home or in a daytime non-residential facility as necessary to meet the clients needs. The home care associate is responsible for observing clients, reporting these observations and documenting observations and care performed.
The home care associate will be assigned in a manner that promotes quality, continuity and safety of a clients care.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities of the home care associate include, but are not limited to, the following:
Providing personal care which may include assistance with bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, toileting activities including incontinence care, medication reminders, skin care to prevent breakdown, changing bed linen, monitoring oxygen, assistance with ambulation and transfers, keeping clientfs living area clean and orderly, as appropriate.
Providing companion/homemaker services which may include meal planning and cooking, light housekeeping, personal laundry, home organizing such as cleaning closets, sorting photos, etc., shopping and errands, pet care, letter writing/correspondence, encouraging independence such as walks, light exercises, games, cards, maintaining scrap books, etc., escorting to doctorfs appointments.
Promoting social and emotional support as needed and according to the customer service plan, which includes sensitivity to resident needs for both privacy and socialization, awareness and sensitivity to client limitations as well as assistance to overcome limitations.
Informing supervisor about any client needs, unusual events, suspicion of abuse, or condition/behavior changes.
Participating in the planning of client service needs by attending regularly scheduled team meetings.
Recognizing and reporting fire/safety hazards in the clients home. Takes all appropriate safety precautions to minimize risk of injury to client, self and others.
Interacting and communicating with client and clients family in a manner that shows respect and promotes confidence in the co-workers and the teams ability to meet their expectations. Refers family to geriatric care specialist or executive director for service/care concerns.
Participating in continuing education programs to promote self-development and contributing to the development of the team by helping new co-workers learn job tasks and responsibilities.
Documenting and maintaining all pertinent client-related information according to company policies and regulatory requirements.
Performs other duties as assigned.
The home care associate will not function in any manner viewed as the practice of nursing according to the State of Pennsylvania Nurse Practice Act. Specifically, the home care associate will not administer medications, take physicians orders or perform procedures requiring the training, knowledge and skill of a nurse.
Standing, walking, twisting, bending, pushing, kneeling, stooping, stretching and
supporting a minimum of 70 pounds.
Occasional lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds.
Workplace includes clients home, automobile, home care office.
Experience: Entry level position. Prior home care experience preferred.
Education: High school diploma or GED
Certification/License: Current CPR and 1 st aid certification preferred .
Valid drivers license from the state of Pennsylvania .
Must be capable of safely operating automobile.
Should not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of self and others. Must be able to communicate effectively with clients and co-workers. Must present a neat, clean appearance and demonstrate a positive, cheerful attitude.
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