Provides various personal care and related paraprofessional services in accordance with an established plan of care. Provides for the personal needs and comfort of patients in their homes.
- Adheres to Agency policies and procedures.
- Performs work under the supervision of the Nursing Supervisor.
- Performs personal care activities contained in a written assignment by the Nursing Supervisor 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)
- Meal Preparation
- Performs other assigned activities that are taught by a nurse for a specific patient. 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 life 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
- Administration of oral medications, eye drops or medicated skin ointments
- Adminstration 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:
- sweeping or mopping floors
- doing dishes
- cleaning bathrooms
The Home Health Aide is responsible for documentation of services provided, using the Client Care Record.
The Home Health Aide should not contact the physician directly, but rather refer all quesitons or reports of client's condition changes immediately to the Director of Clinical Services*.
Additional (non-essential) Desired Functions
Performs other duties as directed by supervisors.
Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Availability
- High school graduate or G.E.D. certificate preferred
- Successful completion of a State approved Nurse Aide or Home Health Aide course
- The Home Health Aide shall have successfully completed a Competency Evaluation that meets the State licensing standard for home health agencies.
- Must have a sympathetic attitude toward the care of the sick, and ability to deal effectively with the demands of the job.
- Current CPR certificate is required.
- Meets the requirements for employees providing direct client care.
- 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 transporation.
Home Health Aides will receive at least twelve hours of in-service training per year (or as many as required by State law documented in the In-Service Log which is monitored by the Director of Clinical Services. The in-service training may be performed while the Home Health Aide is providing care to clients.
Working Conditions / Environment
Primarily works a certain number of hours or shifts in clients' place of residence, travel required. Shift times and days vary.