Provides direct patient care and support to the Home Care/Hospice patient
under the supervision and direction of the registered nurse and/or appropriate
therapist. Promotes high quality nursing care.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assist the patient with personal care and activities of daily living, including
bathing, care of the mouth, skin and hair, backrubs, perineal care, nail
care and shaving.
- Helps the patient with safe transfers and ambulation with or without equipment
under the supervisions of the RN case manager or therapist.
- Helps the patient with prescribed exercises in which the patient and HHA
has been instructed in by a qualified RN or therapist.
- Assists patients with transfers and correct positioning techniques and
instructs caregiver in the same.
- Monitors vital signs, weight, bowel and bladder function and reports to
the RN or therapist any significant problems or changes in the patient’s status.
- Performs routine catheter, perineal and catheter bag care and instructs
caregivers in this. Reports and observed complications to RN or therapy
- Works with the RN or therapy case manager in planning realistic goals for
the patient, and keeps the case manager informed of progress in attaining
- Keeps accurate flow sheets and progress reports on patients for each visit
and turns paperwork in to Home Care/Hospice office within 24 hours of
- Tracks and records mileage on appropriate forms.
- Reports any new patient findings to RN or therapy case manager.
- Attends and actively participates in staff meetings, case conferences,
and appropriate in-service education programs. Shares information learned
from in-services attended with other staff members.
- Gives talks to public groups as requested in collaboration with HomeCare/Hospice Manager.
- Actively participates in Quality Improvement.
- Adheres to LHC telecommuting policy.
- Other duties as assigned.
- May perform or assist RN with certain higher level nursing procedures after
receiving direct instruction from the registered nurse responsible for
the individual patient (i.e. enemas, simple dressing changes, ostomy care, etc.)
- Actively participates in Home Care team conferences, Hospice Interdisciplinary
team meetings, QA meetings and staff department meetings.
- Gives emotional support as needed to HomeCare/Hospice patients and families.
- Maintains a safe and therapeutic environment and reports hazards to case
manager or department manager.
- Responsible for maintaining agency’s image of quality care by providing
total, consistent care in a safe and economic manner.
- Attends the first available Hospice Volunteer training class, if not already
- Promotes volunteerism and participates in Hospice public relations.
- Treats patient information as confidential.
- Completes annual Livingston HealthCare competencies with assigned time frame.
- Participates in chart audits and completes by due date.
OTHER FUNCTIONS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF ALL EMPLOYEES
- Supports and models individual behavior consistent with the Standards of
Excellence and the mission, vision and values of Livingston HealthCare.
Demonstrates commitment to customer service by:
- Building effective working relationships and treating others with respect
- Interacting with customers (Patients, co-workers and visitors) in a warm
and friendly way.
- Taking immediate action to meet customers’ needs or requests.
- Attentive to each customer concern.
- Demonstrates and encourages an ethic of open and effective communication
and teamwork throughout the organization
- Adheres to Livingston HealthCare’s Code of Conduct and Livingston
HealthCare and departmental compliance policies.
The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to
describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not
be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements which
may be inherent in the position.
- Basic high school diploma or equivalent
- Certification as a CNA required. Agency can provide HHA certification.
- Valid driver’s license and own transportation
- Current Basic Life Support (CPR) certification
- Documentation that applicant is free from active TB.
ADDITIONAL DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
1. One year as a nursing assistant, preferably in a community health setting.
2. Good verbal and written communication skills
3. Comfortable speaking in front of a group.
4. Ability to function effectively with minimal supervision in a variety
5. Massage therapy certification.
Physical Demands: Heavy manual dexterity necessary to the operation and use of equipment
in patient care. Good vision and hearing. Frequently required to push,
pull, lift or carry 1-45 pounds, required to walk or stand for extended
periods of time.
Machinery and Equipment: Required to operate electrical/mechanical equipment used in patient care.
Use of computer required with duties, competency training and clinical
Exposure: Rare to occasional exposure to contact with chemicals, moving objects,
confined spaces, slippery surfaces, extreme temperatures and noise. Occasional
exposure to blood and body fluids.