The Care giver is one of the key employees in our Assisted Living Communities. This position has more contact with residents than any other. Staff in this position must provide the facility with a continuous stream of information on resident status, needs and issues. Caregivers must be alert to changes in resident health. attitude and need. They must be able to clearly and concisely transfer this information through the system to ensure proper action is taken. The Caregiver must be able to adapt to the changing needs of the facility and the resident population at any given point in time. They must be able to provide the direct care needed to help residents maintain their highest level of independence. They serve as the lynch pin on the facility care team.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily, have sufficient communication and language skills to enable them to perform their duties and interact effectively with residents and staff. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Employees in this position must successfully pass all governmental and corporate required background investigations, such as, but not limited to. state required criminal history clearance investigations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Ability to communicate with and relate well to elder population.
- Ability to work in confined spaces.
- Ability to carry trays of food.
- Knowledge of proper transfer procedures and body mechanics.
- Proper use of back belts, gate belts, transfer board, and use of mechanical lift equipment.
- Proper operation of wet/dry vacuum and regular vacuum.
- Proper operation of toilet plunger and auger.
- Proper operation of carpet cleaner (carpet cleaning/shampooing machine).
- General knowledge of oxygen tanks and equipment.
- Basic knowledge of documentation and record keeping procedures.
11. Ability to read and interpret written procedures and directions.
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds weight and carry 100 yards.
- Ability to lift, bend, stretch, squat, stand and other movements to perform general care giver functions and reach in confined spaces.
- Manual dexterity adequate for care procedures.
- Ability to transfer residents with appropriate assistance (i.e. from surface to surface.)
- Ability to read, comprehend and follow written instructions and company policies.
- Read the Shift Communication Book at start of each shift and familiarize yourself with resident service plan changes by communicating with Resident Care Coordinator.
- Observe residents for skin breakdown, lack of appetite, health and behavior changes, foot and toenail problems, and report these and other concerns to Lead Med Aide or NCC.
- Immediately alert staff and facility management when a resident wanders inappropriately.
- Perform special tasks of nursing care when delegated by the RN / Director of Wellness Services if applicable.
- Ability to recognize and report acute changes in a resident’s health status.
- General knowledge of the aging process and associated chronic diseases.
- Ability to assist with the modification of resident behavior in accordance with the care plan.
- Basic computer knowledge.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. This individual may or may not be a CNA.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before small groups of residents, family or staff.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to apply common sense understanding and to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
DUTIES REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION
- Make coffee.
- Bus tables
- Operate dishwasher
- Set tables
- Serve in dining room
- Set up and serve in private dining room
- Take trays to resident’s apartments
- General knowledge of special diets (diabetic, etc.)
- Recording laundry as done for residents.
- Doing laundry
- Answer call lights in a timely manner. (Less than 3 minutes)
- Keep working environment clean.
- Assess and respond to emergencies.