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Job Title:HOME HEALTH AIDE
The home health aide provides personal care and related services in the home. She/he functions under the direction, instruction and supervision of the staff nurse and the home care nursing supervisor and/or director.
They must possess qualities of sincere interest in the ill and elderly, interest in facilitating client self-reliance, cheerful personality, ability to maintain client’s confidentiality, ability to adapt to change and a non-judgmental attitude.
- Completion of the 9th grade; prefer high school graduate
- Ability to read and write consistent with job requirements
- Completion of a basic aide training program consistent with state and federal requirements and for which a certificate was obtained
- Satisfactory performance on a competency evaluation and an annual reevaluation
- Completion of one year’s employment as a nurse’s aide in a hospital or health-related facility
- Has 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
- Has a reliable means of transportation
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. Under no circumstances may an HHA be assigned to receive or reduce any intravenous procedures, procedures involving the use of Levin’s tubes or Foley catheters, or any other sterile or invasive procedures, other than rectal temperatures or enemas. Except as otherwise noted, duties of the HHA may include but are not limited to:
- Helps client maintain good personal hygiene
- Assists in maintaining a healthful, safe environment
- Plans and prepares nutritious meals. Markets when instructed to do so by the nurse
- Assists client with ambulation
- Assists with certain treatments as ordered by the physician and approved and supervised by the nurse
- Assists the therapy personnel as needed with the rehabilitative processes
- Encourages the client to become as independent as possible according to the nursing care plan
- Attempts to promote client’s mental alertness through involvement in activities of interest
- Gives simple emotional and psychological support to the client and other members of the household
- Establishes a relationship with client and family, which transmits trust and confidentiality
- Prepares a report of her visit on the day it is performed and incorporates same in the clinical record weekly or as directed
- Carries out her assignment as instructed by the nurse or paramedical team reports to the nurse when she is unable to do so
- Works with personnel of other community agencies involved in the client’s care as directed by the staff nurse
- Performs routine housekeeping tasks as related to safe and comfortable environment for the client, as instructed by the professional nurse
- Attends in-service as required by state and federal regulations
- 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
- Maintains confidentiality always
- Performs ONLY those functions specified for each individual client
- Follows universal precautions whenever giving any aspect of care
- Follows emergency procedures in the event of any incident, accident, injury or significant change in a client’s condition
- Performs any other duties assigned
The HHA reports directly to the home care supervisor.
Special Requirements (preferred):
Must have a car with current insurance coverage and a current State driver’s license
- Must be able to read 12 point or larger type.
- Must be able to hear and speak in a manner understood by most people.
- Must be able to stoop and bend.
- Must be able to travel to prospective client’s residences.
- Must be able to turn and transfer clients weighing up to 200 pounds.
- Must be able to carry bundles weighing up to 10 pounds up stairs.