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Home Health Aide
Home Health Aides are responsible for providing personal care, household assistance and assistance with daily living activities to patients who need assistance for a variety of reasons including illness, advanced age, disability, or cognitive impairment and who have the need or desire to still live in their own home.

HHAs provide a simplified routine of care for patients that improve quality of life by allowing our patients to remain in their home while adhering to confidentiality standards and professional boundaries. 

All home health aides, regardless of where they are working, must complete ongoing continuing education requirements to keep their HHA certification (12 hours of additional training each year). This includes completing an HIV/AIDS training course and maintaining their CPR certification. If you work for an agency that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding, you must complete a competency evaluation.

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Level 2 background screening/local background check from PD
  • Reference check
  • Social Security Card (or Federal Tax ID)
  • Driver License
  • Auto registration & Proof of Auto Insurance
  • Reliable transportation
  • Clean driving record
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • CPR certification
  • Physical examination, within the past 6 months, to show free and clear of Communicable Diseases.
  • First Aid Course (live not online) approved by Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

Documentation

  • High school diploma (or equivalent)
  • Active Home Health Aide (HHA) certification (FL)
  • Social Security Card (or Federal Tax ID)
  • Valid FL driver’s license
  • Auto registration and proof of insurance
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Active CPR Certification
  • Covid-19 vaccination card
  • Physical examination, within the past 6 months, to show free and clear of Communicable Diseases.
  • Completion of an HIV/AIDS Healthcare Training Course
  • First Aid Course (live not online) approved by Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in clinical assessments, documentation and compliance with aide care and policies and procedures

Abilities

  • Ability to work with limited supervision.
  • Ability to accurately follow oral and written instructions and to complete legible, accurate records.
  • Have good personal hygiene
  • Able to do light housekeeping.
  • Having a 2nd language or more is a plus

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to travel
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to sufficiently reposition patients and move equipment without assistance
  • Prolonged walking, standing, bending, kneeling, reaching, twisting
  • Must be able to sit and climb stairs

Duties & Responsibilities*

Care Plan

  • Follows specified care plan as written, approved, and supervised by RN.
  • Takes and records accurate patient vital signs (temperature and pulse rate) when advised. 
  • Informs RN of patient’s condition, documents activities, and findings after each visit for submission as required by company procedures. 
  • Provide care for patient’s special conditions and needs within scope of authorized tasks
  • Reminds patient and/or family with self-administered medications as ordered by patient’s MD and in compliance with the laws of the state of Florida.
  • Accompanies patient to doctor visits.

Basics

  • Perform, assist, evaluate and document medical care, such as:
    • Basic first aid and recording vitals
    • Range of motion exercises
  • Ambulate, transfer and position with wheelchairs and other non-life support medical equipment and devices
  • Prepare meals according to dietary and nutritional needs 
  • Ensure a safe home environment with unobstructed pathways
  • General light housekeeping, laundry, and shopping specific to patient.

Assistance

  • Assists patient with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) bathing, toileting, grooming, shaving, skin and nail care, oral hygiene, dressing and eating.
  • Assists clients who are unable to handle the day-to-day homemaking duties in their homes
  • Assists in maintaining a safe and healthy environment.
  • Able to use equipment and supplies safely and properly.
  • Assists with artificial limbs or walking aids.

Psychosocial

  • Encourages the patient’s family to participate in patient’s care.
  • Provides companionship to patient; provides emotional support to patient and family.
  • Socialization and friendship – Helping patient to stay mentally healthy and alert by having meaningful conversation with them.
    • Some patients enjoy playing games such as crossword puzzles or cards

*This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.