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The caregiver provides hands-on personal care to clients who are unable to care for themselves. This includes providing assistance with clients’ activities of daily living, including: personal care, maintaining mobility, nutrition/hydration, elimination/toileting, using assistive devices, administering medications, managing the clients’ environment and providing client safety, collecting data, observing, listening, recording and reporting.
The caregiver also provides assistance with clients’ instrumental activities of daily living such as light housekeeping, laundry, cooking meals, grocery shopping, transportation to appointments, and shopping. The caregiver may also be required to provide medication reminding, medication services, and may be delegated tasks of nursing.
To provide care and services to clients in their own homes. Most specifically, the purpose of the position is to assist clients with their activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living.
Responsibilities and Requirements
In the process of client care the caregiver shall consistently:
- Apply standard precautions according to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention Guidelines;
- Use hand hygiene between episodes of care;
- Use appropriate body mechanics to prevent injury to self and client;
- Follow the client’s service plan;
- Use appropriate communication with client, client’s family and friends, and coworkers;
- Report changes in client’s condition to the agency’s administrator, designee or RN such as any recognized abnormality in client’s signs and symptoms;
- Record observations and measurements, tasks completed, and client statements about condition or care;
- Apply safety concepts in the client’s home;
- Report signs of abuse, neglect, mistreatment, misappropriation or exploitation;
- Demonstrate respect for the rights and property of clients and their families;
- Pass a criminal records check; and
- Maintain client confidentiality.
The caregiver will work in clients’ homes within the agency’s geographic service area. The caregiver will provide housekeeping/companion, personal care including medication reminding, medication services and tasks of nursing to clients in their homes, as per the clients’ individual service plans and under the supervision of the agency’s administrator, designee, and RN. The caregiver may be required to work a.m., p.m., and NOC shifts as well as weekends and holidays.
The caregiver is often required to assist in lifting, transferring and stabilizing clients as they stand, sit, climb (stairs) or walk. Caregivers are required to walk, stand, lift, pull, push, carry, balance, bend, crouch, reach, handle, speak, hear, write, read and communicate.
The caregiver must:
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Be able to communicate both orally and in writing to sufficiently perform their tasks and duties and interact effectively with clients and agency staff;
- Be able to pass all screening tests, including but not limited to criminal records and LEIE checks; and
- Have proof of the ability to work in the U.S.A. legally.