Home Health Aide - Full Time - Hospice - Lebanon

Lebanon, PA | Nursing Support | Tracking Code: 72447

Job Description

 

Under the direction of the primary home health/hospice nurse or therapist (primary clinician) and in accordance with a written plan of care, provides the following services to assigned patients: personal care, assistance with procedures as an extension of therapy services and assistance with ambulation and exercise; performs household services related to maintaining a safe and healthful environment. Assists the patient and family to maintain an optimum level of independent functioning.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

  1. Provides personal care, assistance with procedures as an extension of therapy services and assistance with ambulation and exercise according to a written plan of care developed by the primary nurse or therapist.
  2. Performs household services to maintain a safe and healthful environment for the patient as assigned.
  3. Assists in assessing patient/family needs and makes recommendations to the primary nurse or therapist.
  4. Encourages independence, self-help and use of assistive devices according to established plan of care.
  5. Provides a stabilizing influence within the home, thereby promoting the mental health of the patient and family.
  6. Carries out the written plan of care as established by the primary clinician. The primary clinician will provide supervisory visits in the home every two weeks.
  7. Promptly reports significant observations or changes in the patient's condition or family situation to the primary clinician or, in their absence, to the appropriate manager/coordinator.
  8. Maintains established schedule and reports any necessary changes immediately.
  9. Submits complete, accurate, neat and timely records according to established policy.
 

Common Expectations

 

  1. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span of the assigned patient population. Assesses and interprets patient age specific data and provides appropriate, age specific treatment. Provides direct patient care to assigned patient age group(s).
  2. Maintains confidentiality of patient and organizational information.
  3. Functions as a member of a interdisciplinary team caring for assigned patients. Encourages and maintains open communications.
  4. Demonstrates a commitment to patient, visitor and staff by: complying with all applicable safety regulations; learning the impact of medical errors and methodology that will lead to reduction of errors; reporting actual and potential errors, as well as hazardous conditions; identifying opportunities to standardize processes and "error proof" systems that will lead to increased safety; and participating in safety education programs and root cause analyses as required.
  5. Seeks and accepts direction and supervision from the appropriate clinician, as needed.
  6. Functions in a cost effective manner with regard to utilization of time, supplies, equipment, etc..
  7. Represents the organization in a professional manner and promotes a positive corporate image.
  8. Maintains established policies and procedures, objectives, quality assessment, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
  9. Participates in educational programs and inservice meetings.
  10. Provides outstanding service to all customers; fosters teamwork; and practices fiscal responsibility through improvement and innovation.
 

Qualifications

  • Notes:
    • Other combinations of formal education, training and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum Experience:
    • 3 - 6 months: will satisfactorily complete a competency evaluation program to include a written test and skills checklist. If no prior training or experience, will satisfactorily complete the home health aide course, pass a written test and demonstrate the ability to perform the functions of this position by passing a skills checklist.
  • Minimum Education:
    • High School or G.E.D.
  • Preferred Experience:
    • Preferred Experience Experience in working with elderly patients
  • Required Certification:
    • Current Certified Nursing Assistant license in PA; CPR certification
  • Physical Demands:
    • Moderate physical effort (lift/carry 11 to 25 lbs)
    • Lifts, positions, pushes and/or transfers patients
    • Lifts supplies/equipment
    • Occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
  • Skills:
    • Works flexibly and independently in the home without continuous supervisory support;
    • Assesses and reports accurately, both verbally and in writing; Reads, writes and carries out directions.
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license in the current state of residence. Driving record must meet requirements established by WellSpan Risk Management. Has access to an automobile.
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Why WellSpan Health?

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization comprises a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 20,000 employees and 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Employment Benefits

  • Sign-on incentives for new employees (click here for details)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life and accidental death insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • PTO bridging
  • Short-term disability
  • Educational assistance
  • Forgivable loan
  • Flexible spending
  • Credit union
  • Employee recreational activities
  • Childcare
  • Complimentary medicine discounts

Diversity & Inclusion

Welcome. Respect. Value.

Wellspan Health believes that diversity includes all the human characteristics that make each of us similar as well as different. We strive to make every person feel welcomed, respected, and valued while creating a safe and inclusive environment where we all have the individual freedom to express our uniqueness in a respectful manner.

WellSpan Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy and intention of the System to maintain consistent and equal treatment toward applicants and employees of all job classifications without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

Quality of Life

Formed in 1813, Lebanon is a quaint city of 25,700 residents. The area, rich in heritage and the small-town charm of yesteryear, features sites on the National Register of Historic Places, museums, scenic parks and recreation facilities, performing arts theaters, artists' studios, a farmers' market and dining establishments for all tastes.

Life in Lebanon County offers affordable housing and options for pursuing higher education. Residents can find local employment in manufacturing, retail, arts and entertainment, healthcare and service sectors. Located in southcentral Pennsylvania, Lebanon is within an easy driving distance to Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and York. (Patient population: 140,000)