Tasks performed by an aide must be assigned by and performed under the supervision of an RN who will be responsible for the client care provided by the aide. The duties of the aide may include:
- Provides for the personal care needs of the client as designated on the home health aide plan of care. This includes helping the client maintain good personal hygiene.
- Reports changes in the patient’s condition and needs in a timely fashion, as dictated by agency policy.
- Documents on the appropriate forms.
- Submits to the agency completed documentation within established time parameters.
- Performs all duties within the boundaries of the personal care policies and procedures.
- Provides care to the client with attention to the safety needs of the client. Assists in maintaining a safe environment.
- Plans and prepares nutritious meals.
- Assists with ambulation.
- Performs routine household duties as related to a safe and comfortable environment, as designated by the care plan.
- Assists the therapy personnel as needed with rehabilitative services.
- Attempts to promote client’s mental alertness through involvement in activities of interest.
- Gives emotional and psychological support to the client and other members of the household.
- Establishes relationship with client and family which transmits trust and confidentiality.
- Utilizes equipment and supplies appropriately.
- Revises workload and client care assignments as requested by management.
- Takes initiative in performance of assigned work, requiring minimal supervision.
- Demonstrates a high degree of commitment to customer service and the provision of quality care.
- Exhibits positive interpersonal verbal and written skills.
- Attends a minimum of twelve hours of continuing education/inservice each year.
- Participates in quality improvement activities and staff meetings.
- Performs all other duties as requested or assigned.
- Able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted and up to 325 pounds utilizing an assistive device.
- Driving a motor vehicle, standing, sitting, walking, bending, reaching and stretching.
- Ability to work for extended periods of time while standing and being involved in physical activity.
- Ability to do extensive bending and lifting on a regular basis.
- Potential travel in inclement weather.
- Potentially unsanitary home environments.