Morgantown, WV
(304) 296-6600

Home Health Aide - HHA (Morgantown)

Job Summary

Provides a variety of personal care and related paraprofessional services in accordance with an established plan of care. Attends to the personal needs and comfort of patients in their homes providing for the maintenance of a safe and clean environment.  Performs various housekeeping tasks, meal preparation and companionship activities for clients in their residences. 

Essential Functions:

  • Adheres to all Right at Home policies and procedures.        
  • Performs work under the supervision of the Staffing Coordinator, Nursing Supervisor, and the Operations Manager.
  • Performs personal care activities as contained within the written assignment in the Care Plan contained within the Client Home Record and/or ClearCare which includes, but is not limited to, assisting the patient with activities of daily living, such as:

•  Personal hygiene (assisting to bathroom or in using bedpan,  bathing, care of mouth , skin and hair)
•  Ambulation
•  Eating
•  Dressing
•  Shaving
•  Meal Preparation

  • The Home Health Aide is responsible for documentation of service provided, using the PCA Weekly Care Record, Daily Care Record and/or the ClearCare EMR as needed.
  •  Reports all client condition changes immediately to Supervisor and or Nursing Supervisor by phone as well as documenting in the client record and ClearCare.
  • Performs assigned activities within scope of  knowledge when specified within the written Care Plan as required by client need.  Performs assigned activities that are taught by the nurse for a specific client.  These activities 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 (home health aide 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 Home Health Aide will NOT perform any of the following:

•  Sterile dressing change
•  Irrigation of body cavities such as enemas, colostomy or wound
•  Gastric lavage or gavage
•  Catheterization
•  Administration of oral medications, eye drops or medicated skin ointments
•  Administration of parenteral or IV medications
•  Application of heat by any method
•  Naso-gastric or gastrostomy tube feedings or care
•  Tracheostomy tube care
•  Suctioning of the nose, mouth or tracheostomy
•  Nail care on a patient with diabetes or compromised circulation
•  Any personal health service that has not been included on the paraprofessional task sheet

  •  The Home Health Aide performs light housekeeping tasks which will facilitate the patient’s self-care at home.  These tasks include, but are not limited to:

•  vacuuming
•  dusting
•  sweeping or mopping floors
•  doing dishes
•  laundry
•  cleaning bathrooms

  • The Home Health Aide will NOT perform any of the following:

•  Heavy duty household cleaning such as washing walls, washing or waxing floors on hands and knees, washing windows, etc. which require climbing on a ladder or dangerous heights.
•  Household repairs or maintenance
•  Yard care or maintenance

  • The Home Health Aide should not contact the physician directly, but rather refer all questions or reports of client’s condition changes immediately to the Nursing Supervisor. 

Additional (non-essential) Functions:

•  Performs other duties as directed by the supervisor.
•  May be called upon to perform additional tasks as required by client and approved by supervisor. 

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Availability:

•  High school graduate preferred (G.E.D certificate equivalent).
•  The ideal candidate will have six months experience as a Home Health Aide in health care (in homes or facilities) and successful completion of a State approved Nurse Aide, Home Health Aide or Personal Care Assistant course preferred (current valid certification not required).
•  The Home Health Aide must complete Right at Home’s Training and Orientation Program as well as the 90 day probationary period.
•  Must possess a sympathetic attitude toward the care of the sick and ability to deal effectively with the demands of the job.
•  Current CPR and First Aide Certificate is required–or the willingness and ability to obtain such certification within six months of employment.
•  Must provide a clear, professionally performed and recorded TB test result.
•  Must understand the needs and characteristics of the elderly, handicapped, or convalescing individuals.
•  Meets the health requirements for employees providing direct patient care as documented by a physician on the Right at Home Health Statement form.
•  Read, write, speak and understand English as needed for the job.
•  Have valid driver’s license and use of an insured automobile for work or access to adequate transportation.

Working Environment

Primarily works a certain number of hours or shifts in clients’ place of residence, travel required. Shift times and days vary with client needs. 

In-Service Training:

The Home Health Aide will successfully complete a minimum of twelve hours of in-service training per year (or as many as required by State law) as documented in the Right at Home University, the employee file, any other method employed and monitored by the Staffing Coordinator, Nursing Supervisor, or Operations Manager.  The skills training and validation may be performed while the Home Health Aide is providing care to patients.  Continuing education may be completed as computer based training, classroom style, or other opportunities as offered and approved by Right at Home. 



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