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Home Health Aide (HHA) - Full Time in Chattanooga, TN at Ascension Living

Date Posted: 8/6/2018

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Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY:
Performs delegated activities; including activities of daily living and basic nursing care procedures and observes patient/client rights while in their home. Provides light housekeeping, and support activities delegated by a Registered Nurse or Therapist.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
  •  Helps patient/participant retrain in self-help skills. Promotes independent behaviors in ADL’s 
  • Appropriately bathes patients/clients who may be confined to bed and who are ambulatory. 
  • Assists with dressing and undressing as needed. 
  • Assists in care of mouth, teeth, hair, nails, and skin giving special attention to pressure points. 
  • Appropriately assists patients/clients with ambulation and ROM as may pertain to use of bathroom and/or bedside commode. 
  • Cues patients/participants regarding medication administration. 
  • Provides assistance with activities that are directly supportive of skilled therapy and nursing services, but do not require the skills of a therapist or nurse to be safely and effectively performed. 
  • Provides appropriate housekeeping and support activities such as meal preparation, and grocery shopping, as indicated for Senior Service programs (SCA, HCBS, TLC). 
  • Interacts in an emotionally supportive way with participants, patients, families and other care givers. 
  • Obtains and documents vital signs, weight as directed 
  • Follows care plans/documentation: performs activity as ordered. 
  • Legibly documents hygiene activity and safety parameters as indicated on the Home Health Aide assignment sheet. 
  • Reports any changes related to physical, emotional, or behavioral status observed in condition of patient. 
  • Utilizes appropriate infection control practices.  Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: 
  • Must complete the Home Health Aide course and take the State exam within three months after being employed in Home Health (may be optional for PACE sites). 
  • Certified Nurse Aide + 1 year experience working with the elderly required in some communities. 
  • One (1) year previous nurse aide (CNA) experience required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
  • CNA required and maintained: HHA may be required for some communities 
  • Valid driver’s license and personal transportation may be required for some communities.
  • CPR certified preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
  • Must possess strong collaborative, interpersonal, organizational, multi-tasking, verbal and written communication skills, and a desire to create a high-performance, effective team that can produce consistent, demonstrated results. 
  • Must demonstrate on an ongoing basis the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and community leadership. 
  • Competencies needed for this position include strong interpersonal relationship skills, detail oriented, work in collaboration with others, demonstrate a high degree of integrity and personal commitment, possess strong analytical skills, be able to work independently and manage multiple deliverables at the same time. 
  • Ability to function in a matrix environment and demonstrate a passion to succeed be selfmotivated, dependable, committed, and a willingness to see a project through to its conclusion. 
  • Working knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office is required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

  • Frequently required to push and pull items, such as resident/patient beds, requiring a force of up to 75 pounds. 
  • Frequently required to carry or lift items weighing up to 25 pounds at waist height. Required to obtain assistance of another qualified employee when attempting to lift objects over 25 pounds. 
  • Frequently required to assist in maneuvering resident/patients weighing 100-400 pounds and occasionally required to assist in maneuvering resident/patients weighing over 400 pounds. 
  • Tolerate standing and walking for up to 8 hours at a time on hard and soft surfaces. 
  • Frequently perform activities that require stooping, bending and reaching, squatting, balancing, and trunk twisting throughout the day. 
  • Constantly able to effectively communicate. 
  • Occasionally required to sit in a stationary position for up to 30 minutes at one time.
  • Frequently able to detect and discern both loud and soft sounds such as resident calls, verbal orders, monitors, and phone calls. 
  • Frequently able to use hands and fingers to perform simple and fine motor handling tasks, such as taking vital signs, writing, and using a keyboard. 
  • Frequently able to use different types of visual perceptions to perform activities such as moving medical equipment, evaluating resident/patients, reading monitors and charts, and reading computer screens. 
  • Occasionally required to detect unusual odors that could indicate infection or other problems with a resident, or environmental issues such as smoke. 
  • This position may provide direct care to adult and geriatric resident/participants.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
 CATEGORY I
Position is Category I of Potential Exposure. Use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for every associate engaging in Category I tasks. Frequently exposed to blood, body fluids, fumes, or airborne particles, and sharp objects potentially contaminated with blood borne pathogens or other infectious agents.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 
  • Work is generally performed in an indoor, well-lighted, well-ventilated, heated and airconditioned environment. 
  • Subject to frequent interruptions by staff, residents, visitors, and volunteers. 
  • Subject occasionally to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, staff, and visitors