Provide personal care and related assigned services to terminally ill patients in the home, nursing homes and in-patient units in accordance with an established physician plan of care and under the supervision of a registered nurse case manager or other professional as dictated by state. Actively participate as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Directly involved with caring for patients and promoting comfort on a daily basis. Observe the patient, report observations and document observations and care performed. Provide timely documentation of patient services based on plan of care. Adhere to Company policies and procedures and regulatory compliance requirements and directives. Travel as necessary.
ATTRIBUTES / QUALIFICATIONS
Compliance with accepted professional standards and practices. Understanding of hospice philosophy and needs of terminally ill. Demonstrate excellent observation, good judgment and communication skills. Ability to provide good written documentation in a timely manner. Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, write simple correspondence and effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to patients/families, other caregivers and members of the interdisciplinary team. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Flexible and cooperative in fulfilling role obligation and has ability to work within an interdisciplinary team.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
REQUIRED EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE
Proof of certification by a state recognized certifying body, and proof of state certification, if applicable. Minimum of 1 year of direct patient care experience in an institutional or home care setting and community health/hospice experience preferred. Sufficient documentation of having passed a skills test and written/oral test demonstrating those competencies identified in OBRA-87, 42 C.F.R. Sections 484.36 and 484.4. In lieu of such documentation, a newly hired HHA must demonstrate skills and written/oral competency prior to working independently with a patient.
1.* Abides by and demonstrates the company Mission Vision Values through both behavior and job performance on a day-to-day basis.
2.* Ensures quality and safe delivery of home hospice services to patients/families/caregivers.
3.* Performs or assists patient with personal care activities as prescribed in the care plan, including but not limited to hygiene, mobility and elimination. If unable to perform a certain task, reports to the primary care case manager immediately.
4.* Provides and maintains safe environment for patient. Uses equipment safely and properly (footstools, side rails, oxygen, etc.).
5.* Practices universal precautions in all contacts with patients.
6.* Performs or assists patient/family with home maintenance activities as prescribed in the care plan including but not limited to light housekeeping and meal preparation.
7.* Performs support activities as prescribed in the care plan including but not limited to supporting independence, providing companionship, and providing respite for families.
8.* Respects the autonomy and right to confidentiality of all patients and families.
9.* Monitors adequate fluid and nutrition intake, temperature, pulse, respiration, skin and basic elements of body functioning and changes in body functioning and record/report appropriately.
10.* Practices safe transfer, ambulation, normal range of motion and positioning techniques.
11.* Identifies need for intervention by other members of the interdisciplinary team on an ongoing basis and reports to primary case manager.
12.* Provides input into interdisciplinary evaluation of effectiveness of care.
13.* Documents care provided and response of patient/family. Submits documentation in a timely manner.
14.* Assists patient/family/caregiver and other team members in providing continuity of care.
15.* Works in cooperation with family/caregiver/and interdisciplinary team members to meet the emotional needs of the patient/family/caregiver.
16.* Performs within the limits of preparation and experience.
17.* Assures for compliance with local, state and federal laws, Medicare regulations, and established personnel policies and procedures.
18.* Manages a caseload and delivers care in a cost-effective manner.
19.* Participates in evening/weekend on-call or overtime as required, conducting on-call services in a competent and responsive manner.
20.* Uses supplies and equipment effectively and efficiently.
21.* Completes a minimum of 12 hours of inservices per year.
22.* Actively participates in team meetings and contributes positively to patient care planning.
23.* Adheres to and participates in Companys mandatory HIPAA privacy program/practices, Business Ethics and Compliance programs/practices.
24.* Reviews and adheres to all Company policies and procedures and the Employee Handbook.
25.* Participates in special projects and performs other duties as assigned.
Kindred is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
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