Home Health Aide

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP: Reports to Nurse Case Manager

RISK OF OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS: A: high exposure

JOB SUMMARY

The home health aide provides personal care and related services in the home that are allowed to be performed under state law. She/he functions under the direction, instruction and supervision of the staff nurse and the Director of Nursing and/or appropriate supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

Completion of the 9th grade; prefer high school graduate or equivalent.
Ability to read and write in English, consistent with job requirements.

Completion of a basic aide training program, a minimum 75 hours, consistent with state and federal requirements and for which a certificate was obtained. The emotional and mental maturity necessary for establishing and maintaining a good work relationship with the client, client’s family, and the personnel of the Agency.
A reliable means of transportation to get to assigned client visits.
Must have a criminal background check and current CPR certification.
Prefer 1 year experience as an Aide in a health related setting, preferably home health.

RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Tasks to be performed by an HHA must be assigned by and performed under the supervision of an RN who will be responsible for the client care provided by the HHA.
Perform services that are permitted under state law.
Duties of the HHA may include:
Assist with ADLS and iADLs as per the POC
Follow the POC for each client and document the same
Help clients to maintain good personal hygiene
Assist in maintaining a healthful, safe environment
Plan/prepare nutritious meals. Markets when indicated on the POC
Assist clients with ambulation as per the POC
Assist with certain treatments as directed by the Skilled nurse
Assist the therapy personnel as needed with rehabilitative processes per the HHA POC
May cue for medications ordinarily self-administered as assigned
Taking and charting vital signs under the direction of a nurse or healthcare practitioner
Encourages clients to be as independent as possible according to the nursing care plan
Attempts to promote client’s mental alertness through involvement in activities
Gives simple emotional support to clients and other members of the household
Establishes a relationship with client and family which transmits trust and confidentiality
Prepares a report of visits on the day it is performed and incorporates same in the clinical record weekly or as directed
Reports any changes in the client’s status or home situation immediately to the supervisor, staff nurse, or aide supervisor
Carries out assignments as instructed by the nurse/Therapist or and documents and reports when she is unable to do so
Works with personnel of other community agencies involved in the client’s care as directed
Performs routine housekeeping tasks as related to a safe and comfortable environment for the client, as instructed by the nurse
Attends in-service as required by state and federal regulation
Confirming on a weekly basis, the scheduling of visits with the Supervisor/Director, to coordinate necessary visits with other personnel
Notifying the Agency of absences due to illness, emergency leave, normal vacation periods, or special professional meetings, which will affect agreed service with the Agency
Wears the Agency’s name badge at all times when seeing Agency clients
Participation in the Agency QA Program
Other duties as assigned

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT TO BE OPERATED

Vehicle to do routine client visits, possible transfer/lifting devices, medical supplies

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Indoors, performing client care/tasks in the client’s residence
Travel to client residences/meetings; will require transportation to get to various work sites
Possible exposure to communicable diseases

FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES

Able to access client’s homes that may not be handicap accessible.
Able to hear, speak, understand and communicate effectively in English.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

On a daily basis: walking, standing, sitting, reaching, use of telephone, use of computers & other office equipment, lifting/transferring 150 lbs or greater, bending, stooping, climbing stairs.

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