The Personal Care Aide is responsible for the personal appearance of each resident, as assigned, and assures their hygiene needs are met. The aide further strives to create a pleasing, home-like environment for the residents that are clean, sanitary, and comfortable.
Is responsible to the nurse supervisor and works as a staff team member in caring for the needs of each resident.
1. Education: High school
2. Training/experience: Previous experience in working with the elderly and disabled is preferred.
3. Physical demands:
a) Physical ability to lift, turns, and transfers a minimum of 50 pounds.
- Ability to tolerate standing or walking 75-85% of the time.
- Physical capabilities of stretching, pulling, bending, and stooping.
- Verbal and auditory abilities to communicate effectively with residents in responding to their needs.
- Emotional stability to handle stress of caring for the residents.
- Observation skills in responding to emotional, physical, and mental needs of the residents.
- Valid Driver’s license.
- Maintains strict confidentiality regarding residents’ personal life/activities and internal affairs of St. Annes.
- Uses patience, tact, and sensitivity in dealing with residents.
- Coordinates and supports efforts by administration and staff in meeting the resident’s needs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Responsible in assuring residents are neatly dressed, groomed, and hygienically acceptable by performing and or supervising: bathing, washing and fixing hair, cutting toenails, skin care, mouth care, clothes changing, arranging for mending.
- Reports physical, mental, and emotional change to the nurse.
- Implements resident care plans as they apply.
- Assist activity personnel in encouraging residents’ participation in activities.
- Inventories of residents and assists them during the adjustment period.
- Orientates new residents and assists them during the adjustment period.
- Assists in making beds (when necessary) and performs light housekeeping tasks as necessary.
- Instructs residents in safety rules and fire drill procedures.
- Uses tact, sensitivity, and firm kindness in dealing with residents and problems involving them.
- Assists residents in cleaning drawers, closets, and other personal areas.
- Attends care conferences.
- Attends staff meetings.
- Participate in assigned committee work.
- Performs those tasks that are necessary in fulfilling the performance of this assigned job but may not be considered essential functions.
- Observes safety rules and practices.
- Observes infection control policies and procedures.
- Attends required in-service education meetings.
- Reads Policy and Procedures manuals on an annual basis.
- Transport residents to/from appointments.