CAREGIVER JOB DESCRIPTION:
Direct Care Workers or "Caregivers" take care of those who are suffering (or recovering) from some type of illness or injury or those who suffer from some type of mental or physical disability -or both.
Caregivers do whatever is needed to enable our clients to remain at home, with dignity and independence. This involves personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping and/or shopping and errands to clients in their homes as outlined by the client's individual Service Plan.
Macklyn Home Care provides services in New Castle and Kent counties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES FOR POSITION:
Assist clients with Activities of Daily living which include: personal care needs such as bathing, elimination needs, transferring, dressing / undressing, and ambulation together with any household task (e.g., making bed, changing linens, laundry, light housekeeping, etc.) essential to the client's health in accordance with the client's individualized service plan.
Plan / prepare nutritious meals and assist in feeding clients as directed.
Document services provided in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with agency policy and personal service plan. Maintain client confidentiality at all times.
Report any changes in the client's condition or incidents to Agency in a timely manner.
Performs tasks / skills as outlined on service plan competently.
Notifies Agency when clarification or education of a task is required.
Submits timecards / activity sheets in a timely manner (i.e. weekly)
Implements appropriate infection control practices.
Demonstrates appropriate judgment skills to be able to make independent decisions in routine client care matters.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYED AND CONTRACTED CAREGIVERS:
Demonstrates a clear understanding of the Mission, Purpose and Philosophy.
Adheres to ethical business practices by striving to perform in a manner that conforms to the highest standards of ethical behavior, integrity and honesty.
Takes initiative and responsibility for decisions as an individual and as a company. Exhibits commitment to personal and companywide goals.
Participates in the ongoing development of competencies, capabilities, technology and the resources needed to achieve high standards of efficiency and effectiveness.
Approaches everything with the passion and desire to meet the highest standards.
Places needs of the client first at all times. Care management and service delivery are developed with the goals of the client's healing and support in mind. Strives to deliver lasting value to our clients in the comfort of their home.
Strives to help lead the industry through vision, technology, innovation, and customer service.
Strives to make a difference in the lives of our employees, clients, and community.
Encourages a positive environment and experience for co-workers and clients.
Treats employees, clients, and business partners with respect. Fosters teamwork by trusting and supporting each other while encouraging collaboration at all levels of the organization.
Embraces diversity and demonstrates the ability to work together.
Promotes a safe and efficient working environment by adhering to agency policies and procedures.
Maintains confidentiality of all agency and client related information. Protects client rights as defined in the Client Rights and Responsibilities.
Maintains proper attendance and punctuality to ensure that the Agency is operated in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Adheres to the agency dress codes as observed by supervisor.
Communicates information effectively both verbally and in writing.
Attends and participates in staff meetings, required in-services and other meetings as requested.
Utilizes material, equipment and time in a safe, beneficial, and cost effective manner
Organizes workload to complete responsibilities in an appropriate and timely manner.
Observe infection control and standard precautions.
Must pass annual competency exam with score of 85% or greater.
Must receive Acceptable or higher rating on annual performance review.
OTHER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Performs other duties as assigned by the Agency.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Successful completion of an initial competency test given by the Agency with written evidence of such completion. An annual test will also be given.
Must either possess a valid/current Certified Nursing Assistant license or have 75 hours, approximately 2 years, of documentable personal care experience.
Must be mature, emotionally stable and must display a sympathetic attitude toward providing services for clients at home who are medical problems.
PERSONAL & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Pass a physical examination after being offered employment and a health assessment annually thereafter.
Must meet all hiring criteria to include: drug test, TB test (or x-ray equivalent) background and work history.
Possess reliable means of transportation to and from work.
Able to lift up to 50 pounds, perform one person transfer under routine and emergency situations, reposition a bedbound client alone and able to sit, stand, bend stoop, kneel, pull, climb, reach, lift ,and perform repetitive movements of the upper extremities
Ability to withstand periodic contact with dog/cat hair, dust, mold, mildew and household cleaning solutions.
May be exposed to unsanitary conditions in some home settings.
May be exposed to high crime areas within the service community.
Endure exposure to weather and temperature extremes.