BECOME A CAREGIVER
BECOME A CAREGIVER
Job Title: Caregiver
Summary: Administers care in client’s home or other residence, assists client by performing assigned tasks and assists any home health care personnel when necessary by performing the following duties.
Specialty Home Care values its caregivers, providing pay commensurate with certification, training and experience, 401(k) with employer match, positive values and respectful management. While positions are considered part time, up to full time work is permitted for willing home care workers when client needs require.
Who makes a great SHC Caregiver?
We love caregivers who share our values and are challenged by our mission. They will enjoy working with seniors and will be passionate about helping people. For some, being a caregiver is a definite career choice. Others have had to provide care for an elderly loved one or have raised children, and see their experience as an opportunity to earn while doing what they have enjoyed doing as a contribution to family. Our caregivers find their significance and value in caring for others, and being a home care worker is most rewarding for them.
What are the benefits and challenges of being a caregiver?
Caring for seniors in their home is very rewarding. Seniors have a lot of wonderful stories and life lessons to share. Seeing them respond to care and compassion is heartwarming. Because SHC allows its caregivers to build “family” relationships with clients, they make great friends and enjoy wonderful times together. Unlike work in a facility, caregivers may focus their attention on one person and have far less paperwork. We assign regular, recurring client shifts, which avoids constantly changing and uncertain schedules. At the same time we provide flexible caregivers with extra work when they want it.
The greatest challenge of being a caregiver is that work is not guaranteed. Clients may die or transition to a facility. There can be breaks between assignments over which we have no control. The same “family” values we promote can make this emotionally challenging as well as a potential for lost wages. Some care can be emotionally and physically demanding. Some forms of Alzheimer’s and dementia can include aggressive behavior. Sometimes a client will need assistance with transfers in and out of bed, chairs and wheelchairs or with ambulation. Shifts can be as short as three hours or as long as ten hours and rarely are “9 to 5.”
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Duties and Responsibilities include the following essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Administers care to client in accordance with established plans of care.
2. Reviews and maintains Caregiver’s notes on a daily basis where required.
3. Performs duties listed on Client’s profile, plan of care and list of activities
regarding client’s status and care, including but not limited to: personal care and
hygiene, medication reminders, light housekeeping duties, preparing client’s
meals, and assistance with other activities of daily living.
4. Utilizes proper body mechanics consistently in accordance with training
procedures, transfers and ambulates client in a safe manner.
5. Maintains and properly uses all equipment needed for care of client.
6. Performs light housekeeping to ensure a clean, orderly working environment for
next Caregiver’s shift, at the end of each shift.
7. Arrives before their shift to perform a “handover” exchange of information
regarding status of client, reviews any notes, conveys messages and memos to
be updated by outgoing Caregiver and follows procedures.
8. Provides orientation for any first-time Caregiver.
9. Follows emergency procedures and contacts appropriate medical and/or
10. Evacuates client from the residence safely and rapidly if necessary, in an
11. Communicates with Caregiver Coordinator regarding client’s status, maintenance
or supplies and personnel issues, concerns or suggestions.
12. Maintains confidentiality of all client information in accordance with procedures.
13. Maintains security of residence according to established procedures, including lights, locking doors, securing garage and guidelines regarding visitors.
14. Participates in educational programs as required.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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.
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); and one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the company.
Math Ability: Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Certificates and Licenses: Certified Nursing Assistant preferred but not required.
Work Environment:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The work environment may be subject to risks and conditions common to personal residences, not always present in business facilities.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
If you are trustworthy, and compassionate and meet the qualifications above. Apply now to become a caregiver.