Hospice Aide- PRN
At Grace Hospice, our mission is for each employee to treat every patient as their own treasured loved one, providing care that affords a quality of life that outweighs quantity of days, and supports caregivers as their hearts find healing.
Our program ensures that our patients will spend the final days of their journey in comfort and with dignity. If you are caring, compassionate, and have a true desire to help others, becoming a member of the Grace Hospice team may be the perfect opportunity for you.
Some of the benefits and advantages of working with Grace Hospice Include:
- Grace Hospice is CHAP accredited and we are Members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
- We invest in our employees' career development and growth.
- Comprehensive orientation programs for new hires
- Leadership Academy meetings held off-site regularly for continuous development of our site leadership team members (Office Manager, CS, DCS, and Administrator).
- Grace offers advancement opportunities.
- Grace Hospice has 27 locations across the U.S. and we are growing! This growth creates additional advancement opportunities for strong performers.
- We provide an innovative healthcare environment offering a clinical ladder.
- Grace is founded firmly on five pillars of excellence: People, Service, Quality, Finance, and Growth.
- Our environment offers collaboration and provides tools and programs to enhance our team's ability to provide excellent care.
- Our point-of-care system is state of the art: HomeCare HomeBase.
- Employees have access to referring physicians and other professional resources on a daily basis.
- Inter-disciplinary Team conferences are held regularly to discuss and optimize patient care.
- Our 'Meaningful Memories' program is in development to provide exceptional patient experiences.
The Hospice Aide is 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 ADL's. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Shall obtain vital signs, record and notify the primary RN of deviations according to standard practice.
- 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. (Nail cutting will NOT be done; and filing will NOT be done, if patient is diabetic);
- 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 hospice 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.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE
- 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 hospice aide 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 aides concerning patient care, visit times, etc. Will give patient name of covering hospice aide.
- 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.)
- Will adhere to Agency's Policies and Procedures.
- Will perform other duties as assigned.
- Will participate in Performance Improvement activities as indicated.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE
- Are certified nurses aides (CNA).
- 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).
- 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 school's curriculum; or
- A Hospice Aide must have provided hospice services within the previous 24 months to qualify
- Agree to undergo supplemental training by Agency personnel, as may be required by the Agency.
- Have completed the 9th grade, with ability to read and write at an adequate level.
- Have an interest in and a sympathetic attitude toward caring for the sick at home.
- Have the emotional maturity necessary for establishing and maintaining a good rapport with patient and family members.
- Demonstrate the ability to be able to work within a multi-disciplinary team setting.
- Demonstrate the ability to work in field situations and navigate within assigned districts.
- Have and maintain an automobile to be used for work.
- Have the ability to meet the physical demands of the job.
- Have satisfactorily passed Agency pre-employment testing which will include a written and performance evaluation.
- High school graduates or GED preferred.