Personal Care Aide
The Personal Care Aide is responsible for providing patient assistance with nutritional and environmental support and personal hygiene, feeding and dressing and/or, as an extension of a self-directed patient, selected health related tasks in his/her home or facility under the supervision of a registered nurse.
- 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 nurse or therapist.
- Follows care plan instructions as directed by the nurse.
- Provides Environmental Support:
- Make/ change bed linen, occupied or unoccupied.
- Light housekeeping: Patient areas to include kitchen, bath, bedroom, etc.; dust, mop, sweep, vacuum, clean kitchen sink, counter, stove top, table, refrigerator, clean bathroom sink, tub, shower, toilet.
- Clean up after meal preparation and provision of care.
- Personal laundry: clothing and bed linen, wash, iron, and mend, prepare for laundry service.
- Maintain safe environment and clean patient equipment.
- Provides Nutritional Support:
- Develops menu.
- Prepares grocery list, shop.
- Prepares meals/ snacks.
- Assists with feeding.
- Measures and records intake of food and fluids.
- Personal Care Functions- assists with or performs and records:
- Skin care.
- Grooming: hair shampoo, beard, nails, shave, oral hygiene, denture care; assist with dressing, apply elastic stocking, clean glasses.
- Toileting: bedpan, urinal, commode or toilet, adult diapers.
- Wound dressing: change clean dressing (band-aid, gauze pad and tape);
- Assist nurse with changing sterile dressing
- Performs and records simple measures:
- Blood pressure on arm
- Vital signs: temperature, pulse, respiration
- Collect specimens: stool, urine, sputum (without suctioning)
- Measure intake and output
- Test for urine sugar and acetone
- Weigh patient
- Carries out maintenance exercise program.
- Assists with use of medical supplies and equipment; assist nurse with changing sterile dressing.
- Walking: assist with our without assistive equipment, walk inside or outside of home, use of safety belt.
- Provides Related Supportive Tasks:
- Accompanies out of doors and to medical appointments.
- Assists with socialization and recreation activities.
- Assists with completion of personal business activities such as telephoning, correspondence, paying bills.
- Observes, records, and reports patients condition.
- Other Activities:
- Participates in selected case conferences.
- Maintains daily patient record and timesheet.
- Promptly informs curse of changes, needs or problems with patient’s condition and/ or environment.
- Performs related activities as directed by the nurse.
- Adhere to care plan instructions.
- Written evidence of having successfully completed a New York State Department of Health approved:
- Basic Training Program in home health aide services;
- Equivalency Examination or Competency Only Program in home health aide services;
- Written evidence of having successfully completed a New York State Department of Social Services approved Training or Competency Program in personal care services;
- Compliance with Inservice Education requirements;
- Minimum of 18 years of age.