Direct Care Worker (Dcw)

Epic Health Services Pittsburgh , PA 15201

Posted 2 weeks ago


The Direct Care Worker provides personal care and/or related services in the home. She/he functions under the direction, instruction and supervision of the program manager/or appropriate supervisor. The Direct Care Worker receives scheduling direction from the Client Services Coordinator.

18 years of age or older required

Completion of High School Diploma or GED, or 2 years of relevant field experience required

Ability to speak, comprehend, read and write English consistent with job requirements

Completion of a training program consistent with state and federal requirement

Satisfactory performance on a competency evaluation and annual reevaluation

Preferred completion of one year's employment as a personal care aide, nurse's aide or in another healthcare related field

Has the emotional and mental maturity necessary for establishing and maintaining a good work relationship with client, client's family, and the personnel of the company.

Must have available, reliable transportation to and from assignments

Completion of the agency competency exam and training program

Completion of all health screenings

Satisfactory references and background screenings are obtained prior to hire


Tasks to be performed by a Personal Attendant must be assigned by and performed under the supervision of a Program Supervisor who will be responsible for the client care provided by the Personal Attendant. Under no circumstances may a Personal Attendant be assigned any responsibilities related to any intravenous procedures, or medication procedures involving the administration of oral, sublingual, subcutaneous, transdermal, topical or rectal medications.

Personal Attendant Tasks may include:

Helps the client to maintain good personal hygiene including bathing, grooming and dressing

Assists in maintaining a healthy, safe environment

Assist the client with meals.

Assists the client with transfers and ambulation with or without an assistive device

Provides medication reminders

Assists therapy personnel as needed with rehabilitative processes

Encourages the client to become as independent as possible according to the nursing care plan

Attempts to promote client's mental alertness through involvement in activities of interest

Gives simple emotional and psychological support to the client and other members of the household

Establishes a relationship with client and family which transmits trust and confidence

Maintains client/family confidentiality at all times

Prepares a visit report on the day it is performed and incorporates into the clinical record weekly or as directed

Reports any change in client's mental or physical condition or in the client's home situation to the company

Carries out assignment as instructed by the programsupervisor and reports to the program supervisor when unavailable to do so

Performs routine housekeeping tasks as related to a safe and comfortable environment for the client.

Participates in in-service education as required by company policy and by state and federal regulations

Notifies the Company of absences due to illness, emergency leave, normal vacation periods, or special professional meetings which will affect agreed service with the Company

Organizational Relationships:

The Personal Attendant reports directly to the Program Supervisor

The Personal Attendant receives direction from the Client Services Coordinator regarding the scheduling of assignments.

Functional Abilities:

Must be able to read 12 point or larger type

Must be able to hear and speak in a manner understood by most people

Must be able to stoop and bend

Must be able to travel to prospective clients' residences

Must be able to safely lift, turn and transfer clients weighing up to 50 pounds

Must be able to carry bundles weighing up to 10 pounds up stairs

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Direct Care Worker (Dcw)

Epic Health Services