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Home Health Aide
Summary
Title:Home Health Aide
ID:1033
Location:Buffalo
Description
STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY
The Home Health Aide is responsible for providing personal care services as prescribed by a physician according to written directions /care plan prepared by the R.N. and appropriate therapist and carried out under the supervision of the appropriate professional.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Experience:
•    Is certified where required by law and/or has completed a state approved training course and competency program listed on NYS Registry. 
•    Equivalency may be established according to New York state regulation.
Specific:
•    Sympathetic attitude toward providing services for patients at home who have medical problems.
•    Access to utilization of public or private transportation system.
•    Is able to read, write, understand and carryout directions or instructions, record messages and to keep simple records.
•    Is able to accurately take and record blood pressure, temperature, pulse and respiration.
•    Is able to use the telephone, good communication skills.
•    Ability to communicate information concerning a patient’s condition clearly.
•    Functions independently with minimal supervision.
•    Ability to move intermittently throughout the work day, inclusive of sitting, standing and bending, pushing, pulling or moving objects and patients.
•    Ability to relate to and work with various personality styles, ill, disabled and elderly.
•    Read, write and communicate in English.
•    Maturity, emotional and mental stability.
•    Experience in personal care or homemaking.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
•    Provides personal care, rehabilitative, comfort and supportive services essential to the patient’s health as ordered and directed under the supervision of a nurse.
•    Assists in activities of daily living (personal hygiene, oral hygiene, grooming, eating, dressing, elimination, exercise and ambulation).
•    Maintains current and accurate clinical records and reports. Documents patient care activities on a daily basis and submits same weekly.
•    Maintains a safe environment.
•    Communicates to the Registered Nurse changes in the status, condition and needs of the patient and/or family.
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•    Provides household duties to facilitate the patient’s self-care at home and encourages the patient’s participation to their ability.
•    Plan – purchase, prepare some meals.
•    Supports teachings of all Agency personnel and carries out simple procedures as an extension of physical, occupational, or speech therapy.
•    Maintains patient confidentiality and privacy and treats all patients with dignity and respect.
•    Assists with medications that are ordinarily self-administered as permitted by state law.
•    Supports the patient and provides the appropriate setting to encourage independence.
•    Participates in patient case conferences, in-service programs and orientation.
•    Observes appearance and gross behavioral changes in the patient and reports to the Registered Nurse.
•    Assists with range of motion, activities of daily living, mobility, transfers, toileting, specimen collection.
•    Prioritizes and schedules duties to ensure all patient care tasks and visits are completed as assigned.
•    Communicates with the office coordinator weekly regarding scheduling, availability, attendance and assignment.
•    Utilizes universal precautions and infection control techniques as necessary.
•    AIDES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ADMINISTER ANY MEDICINES OR PERFORM SPECIALIZED CARE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
•    THE HOME HEALTH CARE AIDE DOES NOT CHANGE STERILE DRESSINGS, IRRIGATE BODY CAVITIES SUCH AS AN ENEMA. IRRIGATE A COLOSTOMY OR WOUND, PERFORM A GASTRIC LAVAGE OR GAVAGE, CATHETERIZE A PATIENT, ADMINISTER MEDICATIONS, APPLY HEAT BY ANY METHOD, CARE FOR A TRACHEOSTOMY TUBE, NOR ANY PERSONAL HEALTH SERVICE WHICH HAS NOT BEEN INCLUDED BY THE REGISTERED NURSE IN THE PATIENT CARE PLAN.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
•    Accompanies patient(s) to and from appointments.

ACCOUNTABILITY:
•    Registered Nurse
•    Nursing Supervisor
•    Scheduler/Coordinator
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