Job Title/Position: Hospice Home Health Aide (HHA)

Reports To:              Case Manager RN/Director of Nursing

FLSA Status:             Non-Exempt

Job Description Summary

Anchor Hospice home health aides provide personal care under the supervision of the RN case manager, utilizing the interdisciplinary plan of care, written assignment, and direct observation. The home health aide participates in the team meetings, documents care, patient response, and observations made.

Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities
  1. Provide personal care to the patient in a compassionate and understanding manner consistent with the hospice philosophy.
  2. Under the written and/or verbal direction of the RN, the HHA performs the following duties:
    • Provide bed bath, shower or tub bath as appropriate
    • Provide appropriate care of skin, hair, mouth and feet (excluding nail care); nail care for hands will be provided only as directed by the PCC.
    • Provide good body alignment, positioning, and range of motion exercises for non-ambulatory patients
    • Assist patient with use of bedpan, urinal, commode and bathroom
    • Assist with routine catheter care and enemas according to the plan of care
    • Assist with feeding and dressing patients
    • Monitor and record temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure, as directed by the RN Significant changes in the patient’s condition will be reported to the RN immediately
    • Change simple dressings
    • Apply Ace wraps as directed by PCC
    • Remind and assist patient in taking pre-measured medications. May assist with medications that are self-administered.
    • Perform various housekeeping duties related to patient care.
    • Perform simple procedures as an extension of therapeutic services as delegated by the RN and in accordance with the plan of care.
    • Attend patient care conferences as requested by the RN -PCC.
    • Order and maintain supplies as assigned
  3. Responsible for maintenance of own entries in to paper and electronic medical records, assuring accuracy, completeness and compliance with regulations, certification standards, legal and ethical standards. Participate in ongoing filing and maintenance of the paper medical record as directed.
  4. Identify and address comfort care needs within scope of Home Health Aide role.
  5. Support and instruct the patient, family, and caregiver.
  6. Maintain the dignity of the dying patient.
  7. Support the patients and family’s unique spiritual and cultural beliefs.
  8. Provide holistic, family-centered care across treatment settings to improve the quality of life.
  9. Consult and collaborate with the interdisciplinary team and others involved in the patients care.
  10. Maintain absolute confidentiality of all information pertaining to patients, families, and staff and adhere to all HIPAA rules
  11. Provide care consistent with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization standards of practice for hospice programs.
Position Qualifications
  1. High school diploma or GED.
  2. Hospice/ experience preferred
  3. Successful completion of a state approved nursing assistant training program and a state approved trained medication aide program.
  4. Current, active certification on the Texas Nursing Assistant Registry.
  5. Previous experience working in hospice, home health or long term care preferred.
  6. Must be able to work independently and have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  7. Computer proficiency and a working knowledge of Microsoft programs required.
  8. Current CPR certification.
  9. Valid Texas Driver’s License and daily access to a reliable and insured vehicle.
  10. Belief in the hospice concept.
Working Conditions (Travel, Hours, And Environment)
  1. Able to work part time or PRN, with some weekend work
  2. Holiday coverage per holiday schedule.
  3. 90%  weekly travel without restriction;  0% overnight travel
  4. This position is paid an hourly wage.
Physical/Sensory Requirements (With Or Without The Aid Of Mechanical Devices)
  1. Standing, sitting, walking, lifting up to 50 lbs on a frequent basis. Has well-developed motor coordination and manual dexterity to perform basic skills. Must have good vision, hearing, speech and language abilities to perform and communicate Hospice Field HHA activities.
  2. The Hospice Field HHA position requires the following in lifting (any lifting over 35 pounds requires the use of an assistive device/and or physical assistance):
Never Occasionally Frequently Continuously
Up to 10 lbs   X  
11-24 lbs   X  
25-34 lbs   X  
35-50 lbs   X  
51-74 lbs   X  
75-100 lbs  x    
Above 100 lbs    x    

OSHA Category Classification Category I: Tasks that involve exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues.  This includes all procedures or job related tasks that involve inherent potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids or tissues, or potential spills or splashes of them.

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.

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