The Personal Care Assistant provides various personal care and related paraprofessional services in accordance with an established plan of care. Provides for the personal needs and comfort of clients in their homes.
- Adheres to Agency policies and procedures.
- Performs work under the supervision of the Supervisor.
- Performs personal care activities contained in a written assignment by the Supervisor which includes but is not limited to, assisting the client with activities of daily living, such as:
- Personal hygiene (assisting to bathroom or in using bedpan, bathing, care of mouth, skin and hair)
- Meal Preparation
- Performs other assigned activities that are taught by a nurse for a specific client. These include but not limited to:
- Assisting with the change of ostomy appliances
- Reinforcement of dressings (non-sterile)
- Assisting with the use of devices for aid to daily living (cane, walker, wheelchair or lift device)
- Assisting with prescribed range of motion exercises
- Assisting with self-administered simple urine tests for sugar acetone or albumin (Personal Care Assistant may not interpret results)
- Measuring and preparing special diets
- Measuring intake and output
- Taking vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure)
- Application of an external (condom-type) catheter
- Assist with application of arm sling, arm splint or leg splint
- The Personal Care Assistant performs light housekeeping tasks that will facilitate the client’s self-care at home. These tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Sweeping or mopping floors
- Doing dishes
- Cleaning bathrooms
- The Personal Care Assistant is responsible for documentation of service provided, using the Client Care Record.
- The Personal Care Assistant should not contact the physician directly, but rather refer all questions
Performs other duties as directed by supervisor.
EDUCATION / SKILLS / ABILITIES / AVAILABILITY
- High school graduate of G.E.D. certificate preferred.
- Six months experience as a Personal Care Assistant in health care (in homes or facilities) and successful completion of a State approved Nurse Aide or Personal Care Assistant course.
- Interpersonal relations abilities.
- Read, write, speak, and understand English as needed for the job.
- Primarily works in client’s place of residence; travel may be required.
- Shift times and days vary with client needs.
- Nasogastric or gastrostomy tube feedings
- Tracheotomy tube care
- Suctioning of the nose, mouth or tracheotomy
- Nail care on a client with diabetes or compromised circulation
- Any personal health service that has not been included on the paraprofessional task sheet