Personal Care Aide (PCA)

Nature and Scope
Provides personal care to residents as required by State Regulations, as outlined in the resident's plan of care, educational and certification standards and as defined through Affinity Living Group policy and training.
Minimum eligibility requirements
Successfully complete training as required or accepted by State regulations.
Must be 18 years of age or older.
Ability to read, write and speak English.
Ability to communicate effectively with residents, families, staff, vendors and the general public.
Be familiar with the Adult Care Home Residents' Bill of Rights and be willing to assist residents in exercising their rights.
Must have compassion for and desire to work with the elderly and understand that for each resident the facility is considered the Resident's home.
Must demonstrate the ability to work responsibly as a team member as well as an individual.
Must be honest, ethical, fair, dependable, respect confidentiality and the rights and privacy of others.
Must practice and promote Affinity Living Group Guidelines, Policies and Procedures, Mission Statement, values and goals.
Maintain practice certification and required hours of Alzheimer's and related dementia-specific training per year.
Exceptional organizational skills.
Must meet all health requirements.
Must pass criminal background check.
Must be able to perform duties and responsibilities (essential job functions), with or without reasonable accommodation.
Essential functionsPersonal care and health care:
Assist residents with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, grooming (oral care), toileting, changing of bed linens, positioning, transfer, mobility, and incontinence care. Encourage residents to be as independent as capable.
Keep proper records of care as required by the facility. Complete all forms and documentation as required.
Immediately report any observations of concern/changes in resident's condition to the Supervisor in Charge.
Vital sign monitoring will be performed as needed or directed by regulations, policy or primary care provider's order.
Be able to apply the home's accident, disaster, fire safety, elopement and emergency procedures for protection of the residents.
Be familiar with Affinity's State Regulatory Policies and Procedures.
Be capable of performing CPR upon successful completion of CPR certification.
Be knowledgeable of the residents' background, preferences, habits and interests and preserve confidential information about each resident.
Focus on service to residents in during dining and promote meal time as an enjoyable activity of each resident's day.
Provide assistance to individual residents as needed or directed, who require help with eating, carrying plates, trays or beverages.
Safety and Sanitation
Monitor all exit doors, the call and alarm systems to assure prompt response.
Understand fire watch and need to check exit doors during and after as directed to assure full closure and lock.
Maintain the confidentiality at all times of all mag-lock code systems to assure safety of the residents.
Promptly answer facility and common residents' telephone in a professional manner and per Affinity Living Group policy in order to meet the needs of the caller and communicate information.
Understand and follow safety and infection control policies and procedures and readily report any breach of the safety and infection control procedures to the Supervisor In Charge.
Respond to emergency call signals promptly.
Report incidents to the Supervisor in Charge promptly and complete appropriate paperwork as required in a professional manner.
Readily and directly report any verbal or physical abuse of a resident, inappropriate use of resident or facility property or lack of or inappropriate care of a resident to the Supervisor in Charge, RCM or Executive Director if necessary.
Laundry/Cleaning Functions
Collect, laundry, and distribute linens, garments, etc. in accordance and as permitted by State regulations and with Affinity Living Group procedures.
Help to properly maintain all equipment and ensure work areas are clean and safe.
Promptly notify the Supervisor in Charge of items that need repair or present a safety risk to residents, employees or visitors.
Assist in cleaning resident rooms, dining areas, public areas as indicated by regulations.
Notify housekeeping of spills, soiled areas and assist with clean up as per State Regulations as needed. Assure marker is placed at spill areas until area is cleaned.
Successfully complete Licensed Health Professional Skills Check Off and other required State or Affinity Living Group trainings.
Attend all required stand-up meetings and in-service trainings.
Participate and promote and encourage resident's involvement in activities.
Follow and communicate company values, goals and policies and procedures.
The job description provides a framework for the job; other duties may be assigned as necessary.
Assists with cost control by using facility supplies efficiently and in a waste free manner.
Customer service
Responsible for ensuring that all employees are providing excellent service to residents, and all community visitors.
Perform job duties for residents and with team members in a courteous and professional manner.
Take initiative to ensure resident safety and satisfaction is a priority.
Meet and greet visitors in a friendly, helpful manner (Visitors include anyone who visits the community; specifically, current residents' families and friends, prospective residents and their families, referral sources, vendors and regulators).
Answer phones appropriately, according to company and Community standards.
Residents' rights
Ensure compliance and understanding of all regulations regarding residents' rights.
Working conditions (travel, hours, environment)
Scheduled hours; possible overtime. May work in other positions temporarily when necessary.
Is involved with resident, personnel, and visitors under all conditions and circumstances.
Is subject to callback during emergency conditions (e.g., severe weather, evacuation, post-disaster, etc.).
Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., through the workday, as well as to reactions from dust, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other air contaminants.
Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Physical/sensory requirement
Medium work: ability to exert 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10-25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents and staff.
Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset and, at times, hostile people within the community.
OSHA category classification
II: Potential for exposure to blood borne pathogen.
Note: All duties and responsibilities listed are considered to be essential job functions and requirements, and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Marginal functions of the position (those that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties) have not been included. However, the omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or logical assignment to the position.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the business and requirement of the job change.

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