Caregivers, or Personal Care Aide, supports patients with difficulties completing basic tasks, like people with disabilities, the elderly or patients suffering from mental disorders. Their main duties include medications reminder, helping patients complete personal care tasks like bathing, dressing, eating or grooming and following the patients’ prescribed healthcare plan and assist with daily living activities.
Caregivers help clients with everyday activities, from cooking and cleaning to completing errands. Other essential duties and responsibilities include:
Caregivers have a wide mix of skills. They need to be highly organized and be able to multitask, and they must be able to help with a range of home chores, such as preparing meals and cleaning. Depending on the level of care you provide, your Caregivers will need several specialized skills, such as:
The minimum education requirement for Caregivers is a high school diploma or GED. Caregivers learn many skills through short-term or on-the-job training, but it’s common for these employees to have specialized certifications. However, there are no official caregivers licenses.
Many organizations offer online certifications and training courses that caregivers can complete. Caregivers coming from the healthcare field, such as Certified Nursing Aids, may have state-mandated licenses. You may also require special training for age-related illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, if you’ll be working with clients who have these conditions.
Certified Home Health Aides are trained to provide personal care and services to hospice patients to augment care given by family members or other caregivers.
Performs only those personal care activities contained in a written assignment. Home Health Aide (HHA) assignments may include:
1. Home Health Aide (HHA) helps the patient to maintain good personal hygiene.
2. Home Health Aide (HHA) plans and prepare meals. Feeds or assist with feeding the patient when needed. 3. Home Health Aide (HHA) assists the patient ambulation.
4. Home Health Aide (HHA) assists with certain treatments as ordered by the physician and taught and supervised by the nurse for a specific patient including: assist with the change of the colostomy bag; assist with the use of a walker or wheelchair; reinforcement of a dressing; assist with prescribed range of motion exercises; assist with prescribed ice cap or collar; measure intake and output of fluids; and assist with medications that are ordinarily self-administered.
5. Home Health Aide (HHA) reads and records temperature, pulse and respiration.
1. Be assigned by GENTLE HANDS to any institutional setting.
2. Change sterile dressings.
3. Irrigate body cavities (such as an enema).
4. Irrigate a colostomy or wound.
5. Perform a gastric lavage or gavage.
6. Catheterize a patient.
7. Administer medications.
8. Apply heat by any method.
9. Care for a tracheotomy tube.
10. Suction a patient.
11. Provide any personal care that has not been included in the plan of care.
1. High School graduate or equivalent preferred.
2. Meets personnel qualifications of a Home Health Aide as specified in 42 C.F.R. Sec 484.4 and Sec 484.36.
3. Documented evidence of 75 hours of training as specified in 42 C.F.R. Sections 484.36 (a)(1).
4. Documented evidence that Home Health Aide has successfully completed a Competency Evaluation program as described in 42 C.F.R. Section 484.36(b).
1. Home Health Aide (HHA) has the ability to read, write, and carry out directions.
2. Home Health Aide (HHA) has the ability to travel per job requirements.
3. Home Health Aide (HHA) has a working telephone available.
The physical demands described for the Home Health Aide (HHA) are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of the Home Health Aide (HHA), the employee is regularly required to:
1. Assist in lifting and transferring patients, as required.
2. Lift objects in excess of 20 pounds
3. Stand or walk in excess of one hour per day
4. Talk and hear
Specific vision abilities required by the Home Health Aide (HHA) include:
1. Close vision
2. Distance vision
3. Ability to adjust focus
The Home Health Aide (HHA) will be required to sit and stoop, kneel, and crouch.
1. Home Health Aide (HHA) reports directly to the Gentle Hands Management.
2. Home Health Aide (HHA) receives clinical direction from Gentle Hands Management.
3. Home Health Aide (HHA) schedule visits directly with clients.
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