Home Health Aide
At Qualicare, we specialize in providing comprehensive, coordinated care for people with chronic illness or complex difficulties. We are passionate about providing the best of the best to our clients and their families. We can provide homecare services to clients of all ages. Our values push us to lead the industry in quality and commitment. Our passion constantly challenges us to grow and improve our services to better meet the needs of our clients.
Responsibilities of Home Health Care Aide:
- Provide client care as directed by the Care Manager.
- Provide personal care:
- Grooming, including oral care
- Assist the client with dressing and undressing
- Assist the client with toileting activities
- Assist in feeding the client, if necessary
- Feed clients who are unable to feed themselves
- Take and record vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure)
- Measure and record height and weight, if necessary.
- Support good skin care to prevent skin breakdown (i.e. turn and reposition client, actively encourage movement)
- Assist client with active and passive range of motions as defined by the plan of care
- Provide client with help walking and transferring
- Observe client’s physical, mental and emotional conditions.
- Report any change to the Care manager
- Document observed changes
- Measure and document intake and output, if necessary
- Assist client in the self-administration of medication (medication reminder)
- Perform light housekeeping
- Perform meal preparation and clean up
- Change bed linens and make up the client’s bed
- Maintain an orderly client environment.
- Follow principles of infection control and Universal Precautions
- Identifies and participates in performance improvement activities.
- Provide transport to doctor appointments, outside activities and shopping
- Participates in client teaching according to the client’s plan of care
- Assist in providing a safe environment and promote quality patient care through adherence to established policies, procedures and standards.
- Ensure client’s rights are adhered to. These include but are not limited to:
- the right to privacy and dignity while care is being provided
- the right to accept or refuse care
- the right to confidentiality of their information
- Respond rapidly and appropriately in an emergency situation
- Use equipment properly and in a safe manner.
Qualifications of Home Health Care Aide:
- High school diploma
- Successful completion of a home health aide program from a community college or vocational school
- Comply with state/province registry regulations
- Minimum of one (1) year of documented experience required
- Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray
- Self-directing with the ability to work with little direct supervision
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
- Ability to express spoken and/or written ideas in English
- Works as a team member
Job Limitations of Home Health Care Aide:
The Home Health Aide will not function in any manner viewed as the practice of nursing according to practice acts. Specifically, the Home Health Aide will not administer medications, take physician’s orders or perform procedures requiring the training, knowledge and skill of a Licensed Nurse.
Environment, Personal Protections Equipment or Physical Demands ofHome Health Care Aide:
Contact with client in their living environment. May be required to respond in an emergency situation. Travel required. Position includes tasks that have the potential for exposure to blood and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) such as body fluids/tissues.
Personal Protective Equipment:
May include gloves, mask, eye protection, CPR shield and disposable outer covering.
Must be able to stand walk, squat, bend, kneel, reach, twist, push and pull. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
Job Type: Part-time