Job Summary: The Hospice Aide provides basic personal care and homemaking services as directed by the Operations Manager (or designee) or RN.
1. Practices within the scope of home health aide services.
2. Performs the following or similar patient-care tasks in accordance with the plan of care developed by the RN:
a) Temperature, pulse and respiration,
b) Sponge, tub, shower and/or bed baths; shampoo in sink, tub, shower and/or bed,
c) Oral hygiene, nail and skin care, back rubs; assist with use of bedpan or urinal,
d) Making an occupied bed,
e) Range of motion exercises, positioning, transferring, ambulating,
f) Performance of simple procedures as an extension of therapy or nursing services,
g) Assistance with ambulation or exercise,
h) Assistance with medications that are ordinarily self-administered, as set up by the caregiver/family,
i) Setting up meals and assistance with feeding in accordance with facility policies (when applicable),
j) Assists patients with light household services essential to health care at home such as preparing light meals, washing dishes, dusting furniture, etc. as indicated in the HOM Home Health Aide Services Policy,
k) Maintains a safe environment and observes appropriate infection control precautions.
3. Assists in maintaining or improving the patient’s independent functioning as patient condition allows.
4. Reinforces the patient’s proper use of assistive devices.
5. Informs the Operations Manager (or designee) or RN of changes in the patient’s condition, needs or patient/family issues.
6. Interacts and communicates with patients and caregivers.
7. Documents patient care following established HOM standards and submits documentation in accordance with HOM policies.
8. Participates in quality improvement initiatives.
1. Must possess a high school diploma or GED.
2. Completion of a home health aide training and competency-evaluation program or an in-house competency-evaluation program.
3. Ability to effectively communicate in internal and external relationships for all essential job functions.
4. Proven ability to work effectively with other staff members and as a team player.
5. Ability to use technology (hardware and software) HOM requires clinicians to use in their practice such as computer, cell phone, printer, pager, fax, copiers, PDAs, etc.
6. Must demonstrate the ability to follow oral and written instructions.
7. Must possess sound judgment; effective organizational, communication, prioritization and follow-through skills; attention to detail; accuracy; dependability; tact; and ability to maintain confidential information.
8. One (1) or two (2) years experience as a home health aide or nurse aide preferred; experience with children preferred for pediatric home health aides/nurse assistants.
9. Must be able to cope with family/caregiver emotional stress, cultural diversity and be tolerant of individual life-styles.
10. Must receive tuberculin testing upon hire. This procedure will be waived when proof of tuberculin testing performed within one (1) year of the hire date can be provided. Patient contact will not be allowed until tuberculin clearance is documented.
11. Must have reliable transportation.
12. Must be eligible to work in the United States.
13. Must be physically and mentally capable of performing all essential duties required of the position.
Hospice of Michigan - 2 years ago