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Home Health Aide Trainee Program

Overview
The Home Health Aide is responsible for performing health related tasks and may also provided assistance with personal hygiene, housekeeping and other related supportive tasks to a client in his/her home or facility under the supervision of a registered nurse.
Responsibilities
Carries out the agency's mission, philosophy, goals and objectives within guidelines of Agency policy and position function.
Interprets and implements the Agency's philosophy to staff and members of the community.
Participates in the development and implementation of a realistic goal-oriented plan of care.
Provides personal care and rehabilitative services and assists in activities of daily living as directed by the Director of Clinical Services or the supervising Registered Nurse.
Follows care plan instructions as directed by Registered Nurse.
Provides Nutritional Support:
Develops menu
Prepares grocery list, shops as required
Prepares meals and snacks
Assists with feeding as needed
Measures and records intake of food and fluids Modified and Complex Modified diets require specific instruction by the Nurse.
Assists with Administration of Medication:
Reminds client
Reads label
Brings medication, supplies, liquids to client
Opens container
Positions the client
Cleans and disposes used materials
Stores medication properly
Assists with medication ONLY as directed by Registered Nurse.
Assists with or performs and records Personal Care Functions:
Preventive skin care, application of body lotion
Bathing
Grooming: hair shampoo, beard, nails shave, oral hygiene, teeth and denture care; assist with dressing, applies elastic stockings and cleans eye glasses;
Toileting: provides/empties and washes - bedpan, urinal, adult diapers and assists with using the commodes and/or toilets
Wound dressing: changes clean dressing (ban-aid, gauze pad and tape) assists Nurse in changing sterile dressing
Performs and records simple measures:
Blood pressure on arm
Vital signs: temperature, plus, and respiration
Collect specimens: Stool, urine, sputum (without suctioning)
Measure intake and output
Test for urine sugar and acetone
Weigh client
Assists withMobility:
Carries out maintenance home exercise program
Assists with use of medical supplies and equipment
Walking: assist with or without assistive equipment
(cane, walker, crutches); walking inside or outside of home, use of safety belt
Transferring, sit or stand, or position in bed, chair or wheelchair
Provides Related Supportive Tasks:
Accompanies out of doors and to medical appoints
Assists with socialization and recreation activities
Assists with completion of personal business activities related to making appointments, telephone calls, or correspondence
Observes, records and reports client's condition
Provides Environment Support:
Make/change bed linen, occupied or unoccupied
Light housekeeping: Patient areas to include kitchen, bath, bedroom, etc., in handling tasks such as sweeping, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning; in kitchen, cleaning the sink, counters, stop top, table, refrigerator; and in the bathroom, such as the sink, toilet, tub and shower
Clean up after meal preparation and provision of care, washes and dries dishes
Personal laundry: clothing and bed linen, wash, iron and mend laundry
Listing needed supplies, errands, shopping
Maintain safe environment and clean patient equipment.
Participates in other activitiesas necessary:
Participates in selected case conferences
Maintains daily client's records and timesheet
Promptly informs nurse of changes, needs, problems with client's condition and/or environment
Additional activities as directed by the nurse
Adheres to care plan instructions thoroughly
Note: Additional activities as defined by the Department of Health in the Scope of Practice for Home Health Aides may be taught with the physician's approval and supervised by the Nurse as appropriate to the client and aides' competency. For example:
Empty Foley Catheter Bag
Measure Input and Output as ordered
Remind client, as directed by Physical Therapist about daily/weekly Exercises
Qualifications
Written evidence of having successfully completed a 75- hour New York State Department of Health approved:
Basic Training Program in home health aide service OR,
Equivalency Examination or Competency Only Program in home health aide services
Compliance with In-service education requirements
Must have compassion, patience and maturity to understand and react to client's needs
Minimum age requirement: 18 years of age
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Ability to work in an office setting, client's home, or a hospice or nursing home facility
Ability to complete and review records and information provided regarding client care or in-services training
Must be available for assignments for day or evenings hours, or, live-in work if appropriate.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKING CONDITIONS:
Physical activity including but not limited to walking, standing, running, twisting, stooping, kneeling, climbing ladders or stairs, crouching, lifting, balancing, reaching, and crawling is required.
Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs.
May be required to lift, pull, push, bend, drag and squat for periods of time.
HHA will be exposed to virus, disease and infection from patients and specimens in working environment.
HHA will be required to work at client's home or a specified facility and be responsible for own transportation.
Flexibility is required in that scheduling needs may on include last minute changes, rotating shifts, standby, and fill in work.


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