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Home Health Aide (CNA)- PRN

Department: Pinnacle Senior Care
Location: Lansing, MI
Company: Pinnacle Senior Care

Home Health Aide

Pinnacle Senior Care, a†CHAP†accredited leader in skilled home health is leading the way into the future with its dynamic chronic care home health model. Pinnacle Senior Care is a partner of US Medical Management and owned by a Fortune 250 company. Pinnacle presents the unique opportunity to be part of a medically-centered home care provider within a continuum of care that includes Home Care, Hospice, Visiting Physicians Association, and Laboratory/Diagnostic services.

We are seeking applicants that desire the experience of changing healthcare through compassionate delivery of care. We provide opportunity for growth and advancement, with over 20 branch locations in 8 states.†††

POSITION DESCRIPTION††

The Home Health Aide (HHA) is a non-professional employee trained to provide personal care and related services in the home for the sick or disabled. He/she functions under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or a physical therapist to assist the patient to perform on 2 or more activities of daily living (ADL).†

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES††

  • During each visit the HCA:
  • Shall obtain vital signs, record and notify the primary RN of deviations according to standard practice.
  • The HCA shall provide assistance with at least 2 of the following ADL's:
    • Personal hygiene (Example: bathing, grooming, hair care, shaving, deodorant application, skin care with lotions and/or powder, foot care, and ear care. Q-tips are not to be used);
    • Nail care and oral hygiene, which are needed to facilitate treatment or prevent deterioration.
    • Changing bed linens and making bed;
    • Eating and maintaining adequate nutrition and fluid intake when appropriate;
    • Dressing (clothes);
    • Ambulation and transfers (for example: assisting patients to the toilet/commode or with bedpans and with elimination needs, assisting patients in and out of bed, assisting with ambulation, and assisting with other transfers and positional needs as appropriate);
    • Incidental household services, which are essential to patient health care. (For example, light housekeeping, straightening room, and laundry);
    • Assisting with prescribed exercises, which the home care aide and the patient have been taught by a health professional agent (employee) of the Agency;
    • May hand patient prepared medications.
    • May empty or change a colostomy bag after receiving direction from RN.
  • Will understand and apply basic infection control principles and procedures. Will contact supervisor with any concerns related to infection control.
  • Will follow the Plan of Care (Instruction Sheet) as instructed by Agency's health care professional.
  • Will document appropriately according to the Plan of Care and submit all documentation per agency policy.
  • Will keep a record of HHA Plan of Care for each patient assigned.
  • Will observe physical and gross behavioral changes in the patient's condition or family situation and report to the registered nurse.
  • Will follow the visit schedule and indicate changes in schedule as appropriate
  • Will promptly contact patients and an Agency supervisor whenever unable to visit a patient as scheduled and will give full report to covering HHA concerning patient care, visit times, etc. Will give patient name of covering HHA
  • Will communicate appropriately with patient/family and Agency personnel
  • Will attend required in-services and meetings as identified by the Agency (Must have 12 hours of in-service per-year)
  • Follows agency policies and procedures
  • Performs these and all other duties as assigned by the Administrator
  • Will participate in Performance Improvement activities as indicated
  • Is able to meet certain physical demands of standing, bending, lifting, stooping or performing other work requiring light physical exertion (up to 30 pounds) on a continuous basis (over 50% of time); or moderate physical exertion (30 to 50 pounds) on a frequent basis (16 to 50% of time); or heavy physical exertion on an occasional basis (up to 15% of time)
  • Able to drive a car 2-4 hours per day

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE

  • Current CNA licensure
  • A Home Health Aide may be used by the agency providing licensed home health services if the aide meets one of the following requirements:
    • A minimum of one year full-time experience in direct client care in an institutional setting (hospital or nursing facility);
    • One year full-time experience within the last five years in direct client care in an agency setting;
    • Satisfactorily completed a training and competency evaluation program that complies with the requirements of this section;
    • Satisfactorily completed a competency evaluation program that complies with the requirements of this section;
    • Submitted to the agency documentation from the director of programs or the dean of a school of nursing that states that the individual is a nursing student who has demonstrated competency in providing basic nursing skills in accordance with the schoolís curriculum;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.†
  • Must have and maintain an automobile to be used for work, current driverís license, good driving record and proof of insurance

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE††

  • High school graduates or GED preferred

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