The Hospice Aide is a member of the interdisciplinary group who works under the supervision of a registered nurse and provides various care and services for patients at the end of their lives to increase the patient's level of comfort and to maintain personal hygiene and a safe, healthy environment for the patient. The Hospice Aide is responsible for observing the patient, reporting these observations to the RN Case Manager, and documenting observations and care performed in accordance with company standards and federal, state, and local standards, guidelines, and regulations.
Essential Activities and Tasks
* Completes personal care as directed by the hospice nurse. Completes each patient's care as outlined in the plan of care.
* Provides personal care to the patient, including bathing (tub, shower, sponge, or bed bath), oral hygiene, hair care, shampooing, shaving, skin care, nail care, foot care, and dressing, as directed by the plan of care.
* Provides psychosocial support to patient and family related to end of life care.
* Provides nutritional services to patients such as setting up and assisting with meal time and feeding of patient, if necessary.
* Reports to hospice nurse or supervisor any changes in the patient's physical or emotional condition including complaints of pain, or family concerns.
* Assists patient with mobility, including walking, transferring, turning, and positioning including the use of transfer devices such as the Hoyer lift and transfer board, as directed by the plan of care.
* Assists with toileting needs, including assistance with bedpan, urinal, bedside commode, toilet use and incontinence care, as directed by the plan of care.
* Assists patients to self-administer-medications, as directed by the plan of care. Verbally prompts or assists patients to respond to electronic medication reminder systems.
* Maintains a safe and clean environment through care of the patient's room and personal equipment. Provides homemaking services, such as bed making, light housework, laundering, and errand running with patient's/family's agreement or accompanying patient to medical appointments as directed by the plan of care.
* Performs other activities as assigned including but not limited to reading and recording temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, urinary catheter care, basic infection control procedures, and emergency procedure such as adverse weather conditions, fire emergencies, etc.
* Provides and/or assists patient/family/caregiver in performing terminal care.
* Drives patients to and from appointments or other activities occasionally.
* Maintains comfortable environment by adjusting lighting, room temperature, and changing bed linens as needed. Is alert to safety factors and accident prevention.
* Provides therapeutic touch/complimentary therapeutics per patient's request.
* Has awareness of emotional status of patient and/or family and is able to understand the emotional problems associated with the terminal illness. Confers with the psychosocial staff as needed.
* Has empathy for the needs of the ill, frail and impaired. Understands philosophy of hospice care and needs of the terminally ill.
* Communicates with patient, family and caregivers in a tactful and patient manner that conveys respect, sensitivity to cultural/religious/ethnic needs and with an understanding of patient's and family's individual needs while maintaining professional and personal boundaries.
Quality and Compliance Management
* Commitment to excellent customer service for internal and external customers.
* Participates in quality improvement projects as needed.
Administration and Reporting
* Observes, reports, and uses electronic medical record to document patient status and the care or services furnished.
* Participates in interdisciplinary group meetings, in-services and skills training to ensure compliance with hospice regulations.
* Reads and follows written instructions and documents care given.
* Rotates weekend, holiday and on-call shifts as necessary.
* Displays initiative and able to work with minimal direct supervision.
All other duties as assigned.
* High school diploma or equivalent required.
* State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) in good standing on the Ohio Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry required.
* Two years experience working as an STNA, home health aide, or other similar position in an acute care setting preferred.
* Knowledgeable of home health aide practices and procedures preferred.
* Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
* Must possess a valid driver's license and acceptable driving record. Must be insurable under professional liability and crime coverage policies as specified by insurance carrier underwriting standards.
Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice in Greater Cleveland is a premier provider in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Portage counties. Services include hospice and palliative care, private-duty home care, long-term nursing care, physical/speech/occupational therapies, home health aides, social work services, medication administration, wound care management, IV therapy and more. Most importantly, we're a company that:
* chooses to operate as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization
* makes its mission the heart of our organization
* has a reputation for consistently exceeding the needs and expectations of those we serve
* provides an engaging, team-oriented workplace dedicated to career, family and faith
* commits to recognizing our employees for a job well done
We're looking for people who:
* have a passion for helping people, solving problems and contributing to a positive work environment
* are excited about bringing their personal standards and ideals to work each day
* understand that HOW you do your job is just as important as WHAT you do in your job
Why work at Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice?
Depending on an employee's full-time, part-time or PRN status, they may benefit from:
* competitive wages
* medical, dental, and vision insurance
* 403b retirement savings
* paid time off including your birthday
* training, continuing education and tuition assistance
* pay advances up to $500
* the latest technology
* mileage reimbursement
* unlimited career opportunities
* and much more!
Who is Ohio Living?
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio Living is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit, multi-site senior living organizations. Since its founding in 1922, Ohio Living has defined the highest standards of quality of life for adults through its 13 life plan communities and Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice in 48 Ohio counties.
Our mission is to provide adults with caring and quality services toward the enhancement of physical, mental and spiritual well-being consistent with the Christian Gospel.
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