JOB DESCRIPTION: DIRECT CARE WORKER
The Direct Care Worker (DCW) enables elderly participants, those with chronic diseases and other who require regular direct care to live and remain in their homes, communities or independent living environments. The DCW assist participants with activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, dressing, light housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, monitoring and recording patient condition, providing support and assistance to the family (Respite). Their responsibilities also include medication reminders, scheduling appointments, social events, and exercise, as well as arranging transportation to and from events for the participant.
Direct Care Workers/ Personal Care aides usually work for Home Care Agencies, certified home health or hospice agencies receiving private or Medicare/Medicaid funding.
Direct Care Workers/ Personal Care Aides will be in charge of the following duties:
- Supports patients by providing housekeeping and laundry services; shopping for food and other household requirements; preparing and serving meals and snacks; running errands.
- Assists patients by providing personal services, such as, bathing, dressing, and grooming.
- Helps patients care for themselves by teaching use of cane or walker, special utensils to eat, special techniques and equipment for personal hygiene.
- Helps family members care for the patient by teaching appropriate ways to lift, turn, and re-position the patient, advising on nutrition, cleanliness, and housekeeping.
- Records patient information by making entries in the patient journal; notifying supervisor of changing or unusual conditions.
- Maintains a safe, secure, and healthy patient environment by following asepsis standards and procedures; maintaining security precautions; following prescribed dietary requirements and nutrition standards.
- Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities.
- Protects the home care agency by adhering to professional standards, home care policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements.
- Enhances service reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
- Must have a current and valid HHA/DCW Certificate
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Current First Aid & CPR Certification
- Must have a valid State ID or Driver’s License
- Must be able to follow the care plan developed for the participant
- Must provide proof of:
- PPD documentation at the time of hire
- Physical exam- must state that you are able to work with no restrictions and completed within one year of date of hire
- Criminal Background Check
- Preferred high school diploma/ GDE
HOME HEALTH AIDES SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Creating a Safe and Effective Environment,
- Health Promotion and Maintenance
- Nursing Skills
- Develop rapport with participants and cultivate a safe and supportive relationship
- Patient Services
- Emotional Control
- First Aid skills