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Become A Home Care Attendant

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Working As A Home Care Attendant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $20,980

    Average Salary

What Does A Home Care Attendant Do At Mercy Medical Center Clinton

* Consults each day with the Manager of In
* Home Services to be updated on Mercy LIFE participant’s status changes in care plan and to confirm scheduled visits.
* Under the direction and supervision of the In
* Home Services Manager, assists participants in their homes with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) according to individual care plans including:
* Assisting participant’s with personal hygiene such as skin, mouth, hair care and bathing.
* Assisting participants in and out of bed; assisting with ambulation.
* Assisting with prescribed exercise, which participants and attendant have been trained in by appropriate personnel.
* Preparing meals, including therapeutic diets, and assisting participants with meals.
* Assisting participants to the bathroom or in using commodes, bedpans or urinals.
* Assisting participants with medications which are ordinarily self- administered.
* Other duties taught by a healthcare professional for a specific participant such as: taking vitals, changing colostomy bags, changing of non-sterile dressing and non-sterile bowel and bladder hygiene care.
* Performing directed household services.
* Reports changes in participant’s condition and needs to the Manager of In
* Home Services.
* Completes appropriate documentation of services provided following Mercy LIFE policy.
* Observes, records, and reports all changes in the status of the participant and /or the family to the In
* Home Services Manager.
* Participates in case conferences and in-service programs as required.
* Maintains and submits documentation as required by Mercy LIFE.
* Maintains confidentiality regarding participants, health care staff and documentation.
* Performs additional duties assigned in response to patient/Mercy LIFE needs

What Does A Home Care Attendant Do At UPMC

* Provides observation and direct patient care as directed by the RN including, but not limited to, activities of daily living (such as bathing, feeding, transporting, toileting, and ambulating), as well as turning and repositioning patients.
* Provides one-on-one companionship/supervision with patients.
* Delivers patient nourishments, fills water pitchers, and distributes patient mail as applicable if not directly with patient.
* Contributes to universal patient activities including, but not limited to, responding to telephones, assisting with meal trays, and accompanying patients during transport.
* Provides feedback to the RN regarding patient care and reports changes in patient status; ensures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.
* Responds within the scope of the Care Attendant role to emergent situations.
* Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions; understands policies and procedures for blood borne pathogen exposure.
* Strictly adheres to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information.
* Maintains an environment conducive to patient safety and recovery including, but not limited to, completing safety checks, keeping the patient room clean and organized, cleaning patient-specific equipment, changing bed linens, and emptying linen hampers.
* Cares for patients and self by supporting safety in the workplace.
* Acquires and distributes supplies and equipment to facilitate patient care delivery including, but not limited to, ordering, charging/crediting supplies, setting up patient care equipment within the scope of the Care Attendant position, stocking patient rooms and unit supply areas, and performing messenger functions.
* Completes clerical functions as needed by department.
* Establishes professional and respectful interpersonal relationships; demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team; demonstrates understanding of cultural diversity, horizontal violence, and impairment in the workplace.
* Establishes appropriate and effective communication strategies.
* Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to patients and colleagues.
* Identifies and communicates learning needs to direct supervisor, and takes action to improve knowledge, skills, and performance.
* Requests assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed.
* Constructively receives feedback and direction, and participates in self-review as requested by the unit director.
* Suggests and supports changes within the department.
* Assumes responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges.
* Demonstrates awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department

What Does A Home Care Attendant Do At Elim Care

* Assist with the care and wellbeing of our residents overnight
* Assist in the morning with morning cares of our residents
* Housekeeping duties around our beautiful assisted living facility
* Other tasks as requested during the shift

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How To Become A Home Care Attendant

Most personal care aides are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, but most aides have a high school diploma.

Education

Although there are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, employers may prefer candidates with a high school diploma.

Training

Aides may be trained on the job by registered nurses, other personal care aides, or their direct employer. They are trained in specific tasks, such as how to work with a client who has a cognitive impairment and how to assist a client in preparing meals.

Most employers require aides to have training or certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Personal care aides must follow specific rules and protocols to help take care of clients. They must pay close attention to a client’s medical condition, quickly noting any changes that may require assistance from medical personnel.

Integrity. Personal care aides should make clients feel comfortable when the aides tend to personal activities, such as helping a client bathe. In addition, personal care aides must be dependable and trustworthy so that clients and their families can rely on them.

Interpersonal skills. Sometimes clients are in extreme pain or distress, and aides must be sensitive to their emotions. Aides must be compassionate, and they must enjoy helping people.

Physical stamina. Personal care aides should be comfortable performing physical tasks. They often need to lift or turn clients who have a disability.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Personal care aides may be required to complete a formal training program depending on the state where they work, and state laws vary widely in terms of the requirements that must be met. Some states and organizations may conduct background checks on prospective aides. A competency evaluation also may be required to ensure that the aide can perform certain tasks.

There are no federal training requirements for personal care aides. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

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Home Care Attendant Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    82.8%
  • Male

    15.1%
  • Unknown

    2.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.8%
  • Asian

    6.3%
  • Unknown

    1.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    59.8%
  • French

    11.1%
  • Italian

    6.0%
  • Carrier

    3.4%
  • Arabic

    3.4%
  • Portuguese

    2.6%
  • Hindi

    1.7%
  • Chinese

    1.7%
  • Swahili

    0.9%
  • Swedish

    0.9%
  • Vietnamese

    0.9%
  • Somali

    0.9%
  • Hmong

    0.9%
  • Korean

    0.9%
  • Hungarian

    0.9%
  • Russian

    0.9%
  • Thai

    0.9%
  • Nepali

    0.9%
  • Lingala

    0.9%
  • German

    0.9%
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Real Home Care Attendant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Home Care Attendant Sandi Arnold, LLC Hudson, IL Oct 24, 2007 $41,740
Personal Home Care Attendant Christine M. Simpson San Marcos, CA Dec 21, 2010 $21,287
Care Attendant Lileith Brown Winchester, VA Apr 18, 2016 $18,866
Care Attendant Lileith Brown Winchester, VA Sep 23, 2015 $18,011

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Top Skills for A Home Care Attendant

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Top Home Care Attendant Skills

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Companionship
  3. RUN Errands
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Care attendant for Patients, bathroom duties, cleaning, phones, meal prep, games and news sessions
  • Go in to homes or patient facilities to assist clients Light housekeeping and or cooking Bathing Errands Companionship
  • Run errands or clients, if needed and anything else they may need while at home.
  • Monitor client's health and progress, adjusting the care plan as appropriate.
  • Supported clients by providing housekeeping and laundry services; shopping for food and other housing needs.

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