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Become A Hospice Aide

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Working As A Hospice Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $25,710

    Average Salary

What Does A Hospice Aide Do At Alive Hospice

* RESPONSIBILITIESProvides personal care including bathing, hair, skin and nail care, shaving, feeding, dressing, toileting, changing bed linens, etc
* Treats each patient with dignity, respect, and observes their rights to privacy and confidentiality
* Partners with the nurse to meet the needs of the assigned patients and families
* Follows the instructions / directions of the Clinical Director and Charge Nurse
* Provides emotional support to patients and families
* Functions as housekeeping for patient rooms: Cleans patient rooms and bathrooms to create safe clean environment in the patient rooms
* Informs nurse of changes in patient condition or patient needs
* Works to prevent skin breakdownCompletes documentation per procedure including personal inventories on admission
* Follows the hospice care plan as developed by the IDT
* Remains in assigned work area unless directed otherwise by the nurse
* Gives report to oncoming Hospice Aide including changes in patient condition
* Assists with distribution of dietary trays to patients and returns trays to kitchen when patient is finished
* Follows Alive Hospice policies and procedures and maintains current standards of practice
* Involves volunteers in patient care as appropriate and works to enhance the volunteer's experience
* Follows Infection Control procedures when providing personal care
* Passes the Hospice Aide Competency test on an annual basis
* Orient new Hospice Aide as requested
* Other duties may also be assigned

What Does A Hospice Aide Do At Homestead Hospice

* Carries out the duties assigned by the RN in order to increase patients level of comfort, and to maintain personal hygiene and a safe environment for the patient.
* Under the direction of a Registered Nurse and in accordance with the written plan of care, the Hospice Aide shall:
* Give or assist with personal care of the patient and maintain or assist in maintaining cleanliness of patients immediate surroundings.
* Assistance with shower/tub bath or total bed bath, as patient desires.
* Wet shampoo utilizing shampoo board; comb hair.
* Mouth and tooth care.
* Skin care and shaving.
* Nail and food care.
* Catheter care.
* Change bed linen.
* Other personal care duties as assigned.
* Helps the client to achieve a good quality of life through:
* Encouraging independence, eating, social contact, etc.
* Providing companionship.
* Providing reassurance.
* Recognizes and reports any changes in the mental or physical status of the patient promptly to the RN, or to the Hospice Aide Lead or DON if RN is unavailable.
* Maintains awareness of potential anxiety in families.
* Provides respite relief for primary caregivers as requested.
* Participates in Interdisciplinary Team meetings.
* Assists the Registered Nurse with specific assigned procedures.
* Requests assistance if unable to perform assigned tasks completely.
* Completes appropriate records in a timely manner

What Does A Hospice Aide Do At Aseracare

* Follows the interdisciplinary plan of care.
* Is alert to the patient's needs and concerns.
* Performs simple procedures as an extension of therapeutic services in accordance with the interdisciplinary plan of care.
* Attends patient care conferences as requested by the Patient Care Coordinator.
* Provides personal care, including: bathing, dressing, grooming, caring for hair, nail care, oral hygiene, skin care, and foot care.
* Assists patients in an out of bed to ambulate, including turning in bed, getting up in a chair, using a walker, wheelchair, or other mechanical equipment when applicable according to the plan of care.
* Assists with elimination, including: bed pan, urinal, up to the bathroom, routine foley care, and external colostomy and skin care, according to the plan of care.
* Assists patients with meals, if necessary.
* May assist with medications that are ordinarily self-administered.
* Performs household services essential to maintaining a safe and comfortable environment.
* Observes patients when giving care and reports changes in the patient's condition and needs to the Patient Care Coordinator.
* Completes appropriate documentation in a timely manner.
* Participates in ongoing educational programs.
* Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
* Must adhere to the Company's Code of Conduct and Business Ethics policy including documentation and reporting responsibilities.
* Position Requirements

What Does A Hospice Aide Do At Central Valley Specialty Hospital

* Responsibilities of the hospice aide include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Performing personal care needs after given a patient’s assignment and attending to his/her requests promptly.
* If unable to perform a certain task, report to the Case Manager immediately.
* Providing patient and family with positive communication techniques, within realm of ethical and respectful care, including confidentiality.
* Meeting safety needs of patient and using equipment safely and properly (foot stools, side rails, O2 etc.)
* Giving personal care including baths, back rubs, oral hygiene, shampoos and changing bed linen as often as assigned.
* Assisting in dressing and undressing patients as assigned.
* Planning and preparing nutritious meals, including shopping, as assigned.
* Assisting in feeding the patient as assigned.
* Taking and recording oral, rectal, and auxiliary temperatures, pulse, respiration and blood pressure when ordered with appropriate completed/demonstrated skills competency.
* Providing proper care and observation of patient’s skin to prevent breakdown of tissue over bony prominence.
* Assessing and reporting on patient’s condition and significant changes to the Case Manager.
* Also aware of the caregiver or other individuals living with the patient and interpersonal issues
* Assisting in ambulation and exercise as instructed by the hospice nurse or therapist.
* Provide normal range of motion and transfers/positioning as directed.
* Assistance with self-administered medications as allowed by state regulations, such as “reminders”.
* Offering and assisting with bedpans and urinals.
* Providing assistance as assigned with light laundry needs.
* Performing range of motion and other simple procedures as an extensional therapy service as ordered with appropriate completed/demonstrated skills competency.
* Providing respite for patient’s/family/caregiver when on-site, as appropriate.
* Keeping patient’s living area clean and orderly, as assigned.
* Adhering to the organization’s documentation and care procedures and standards of personal and professional conduct.
* Participates in quality assessment performance improvement teams and activities.
* Respectful of patient and family/caregiver environment and patient’s personal needs

What Does A Hospice Aide Do At Elizabeth Hospice

* Provides personal care to patients in their homes, SNFs, & RCFEs with consideration for age-related differences.
* Meets their Activities of Daily Living needs as assigned by RN.
* Coordinates personal care services, scheduling visits with patient/family.
* Observes and communicates changes in the patient’s condition to the primary RN and/or Team Manager and staff at facilities as needed.
* Attends discipline-specific and all-staff meetings, and maintains continuing education credits for licensure.
* Recognizes needs of patients/families and responds appropriately within the scope of practice.
* Performs related tasks per plan of care which may include staffing crisis care, making deliveries, light housekeeping, and other tasks as assigned.
* Documents observations accurately according to charting standards.
* Maintains timely patient documentation using “point of care” electronic charting.
* Performs basic skills included in competencies checklist, policies/procedures and standards that are required for agency.
* Reports to primary RN or Team Manager any changes of condition, injuries of unknown origin, or patient/family/facility concerns in a timely manner.
* Work Hours: 8:00am
* pm
* Status: Full Time
* Weekends: Varied
* On Call: min 2 shifts per month and 1
* holidays per year
* Shift: Days; 8-hour shifts

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How To Become A Hospice Aide

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Hospice Aide Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Carrier

  • Tagalog

  • Somali

  • Dakota

  • Arabic

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Top Hospice Aide Skills

  1. Personal Care
  2. ADL
  3. Vital Signs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.
  • Assist patients with ADL's while letting them keep as much dignity and independence as possible.
  • Measured and recorded vital signs.
  • Provided emotional support to the patient and family members.
  • Monitor and record temperature, pulse, respiration's and blood pressure, as directed by the RN Significant.

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