Home Health Aide, Home Health

Santa Barbara

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Job Description Job Description Summary The Home Health Aide is a paraprofessional member of the home care team who works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or Therapist and performs various personal care services as necessary to meet the patient’s needs.  The Home Health Aide is responsible for observing patients, reporting these observations and documenting observations and care performed.  The Home Health Aide will be assigned in a manner that promotes quality, continuity and safety of a patient’s care. Respects and promotes the mission, vision, and values of VNA Health.

Essential Job DUTIES AND Responsibilities Responsibilities of the Home Health Aide include, but are not limited to, the following:

Providing personal care including: Baths

Back rubs

Oral hygiene

Shampoos

Changing bed linen

Assisting patients with dressing and undressing

Skin care to prevent breakdown

Assisting the patient with toileting activities

Keeping patient’s living area clean and orderly, as appropriate

Planning and preparing nutritious meals.

Assisting in feeding the patient, if necessary.

Taking and recording oral, rectal and axillary temperatures, pulse, respiration and blood pressure when ordered (with appropriate completed/demonstrated skills competency).

Meets the average daily productivity standards as set by the agency.

Knowledge of state, federal, local and accreditation regulations pertaining to the delivery of home health services.

Performing range of motion and other simple procedures as an extensional therapy service as ordered (with appropriate completed/demonstrated skills competency).

Assisting patient in the self-administration of medication.

Doing patient’s laundry, as appropriate.

Meeting safety needs of patients and using equipment safely and properly (foot stools, side rails, etc.).

Reporting on patient’s condition and significant changes to the assigned nurse.

Adhering to the Organization's documentation and care procedures and standards of personal and professional conduct.

Attends monthly meetings and in-services as required.

The above statements are only meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job related tasks other than those stated in this description. All clinical staff are expected to participate as needed in variable shifts, including weekend rotation per staffing needs and departmental holiday rotation.

Position Qualifications

Current and active California Home Health Aide Certification.

Current CPR certification.

Licensed driver with insured automobile - in accordance with state and/or organization requirements.

Ability to read and follow written instructions and document care given.

Self-directing with the ability to work with little direct supervision.

Empathy for the needs of the ill, injured, frail and the impaired.

​​​​​​​PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Ability to push/pull 200 lbs.

Ability to transfer 170 pounds.

Ability to stoop, bend, and squat.

Ability to walk up one flight of stairs.

Ability to walk one mile.

Ability to sit for one hour, minimum.

Visual and audio acuity.

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