Hospice Aide - Hospice House - Pool
Good Shepherd Hospice, Inc. - Sebring, FL

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As a compassionate non-profit organization since 1983, Chapters Health System is committed to enhancing the lives of those affected by advancing age or illness. Through our comprehensive system of healthcare choices, we deliver expert care and heartfelt support to guide the community during the aging and end-of-life journey. From hospice and palliative care for adults and children suffering with life-limiting illnesses to in-home and community-based services for frail but independent seniors, Chapters Health offers a wide range of support services along life’s ever-changing landscape.


Under RN direction and supervision, the Hospice Aide performs personal care, homemaker assistance and defined nursing procedures for terminally ill patients and their caregivers.

Current Florida certificate as CNA.
· Valid driver’s license and automobile insurance in the State of Florida .
· Reliable transportation to meet work schedule.
· One (1) year CNA or home health aide experience (Hospice Aide Training Program can be substituted for homecare/hospice experience).
· Ability to use equipment with visual and auditory mechanisms.
· Ability to communicate (written and oral) in English.
· Ability to manage the emotional stress of working with and caring for terminally ill patients and their families.
· Ability to perform the essential functions and physical requirements (including, but not limited to: lifting patients and/or equipment, bending, pushing/pulling, kneeling) of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
· Must be able to physically access any home or facility in assigned area, i.e., navigate stairs, and narrow spaces, tolerate heat and lack of air conditioning.
· Must be able/willing to have contact with individuals with communicable diseases.

· Maintain competencies/contact hours as required by HPC and state.
· Provide patient/caregiver services according to written Hospice Aide/Caregiver Plan of Care and HPC policies and procedure
· Practice safe and proper body mechanics relative to moving, positioning and transferring patients.
· Assist patient and or caregiver in maintaining a clean and safe home.
· Provide caregiver relief as part of the plan of care.
· Transport medications, supplies, lab specimens, documents and other items needed to meet the plan of care as requested by the RN Care Coordinator.
· Under the direction or supervision of an RN, the Hospice Aide may perform activities that promote activities of daily living, including:

Vital signs/weights

Bed Bath

Sponge Bath

Tub Bath


Perineal care


Mouth care

File Nails

Shampoo hair


Skin care - basic: application of lotion

Apply over-the-counter ointment

Positioning body/alignment

Transfer to bed, chair

Assist with ambulation and exercises

Range of motion

Ted hose application/removal

Give food and fluids

Light meal preparation

Offer/empty urinal/bedpan

Empty colostomy bags

Empty foley/external catheter bags

Measure urinary output

Emotional support

Reality orientation/socialization

Caregiver relief

Make occupied/unoccupied bed

Light housekeeping

Laundry related to patient’s care

Report significant changes and needs

Document significant observations

Provide input into planning and evaluation of care
· The Hospice Aide may not perform the following:

Administer medication

Change sterile dressings

Tracheostomy care

Gastric feedings

Trim fingernails/toenails

Visit after hours unless pre-approved by supervisor

Visit survivors unless pre-approved by supervisor

Run errands that require exchange of money

Apply heat




Any procedure not in HA Plan of Care

Colostomy care (change wafer)

Apply ointments containing prescription medication

Transport patient/family

· Contribute to the development of the Hospice Plan of Care by reporting observations to RN
· Immediately report to the RN or supervisor any changes in patient/caregiver needs
· Maintain medical records in accordance with HPC policies and procedures, i.e., Santrax documentation.
· Attend HPC and mandatory scheduled meetings and participates in committees.
· Attend HPC and community educational offerings as appropriate.*
· Perform other job related duties as requested.*