Job Title: Hospice Aide - Homecare/Hospice House
Department: Nursing
Reports to: House Manager
Next Review Date: 03/2016
Job Description Details
Statement of Position/Position Summary
This position will provide personal care service to the terminally ill patient and perform related tasks in accordance with the plan of care as assigned and delegated by the RN-Patient Care Coordinator (PCC) and/or the Charge RN.
Qualifications and Education requirements
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Successful completion of a state approved nursing assistant training program and a state approved trained medication aide program.
  • Current, active certification on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry.
  • Previous experience working in hospice, home health or long term care preferred.
  • Must be able to work independently and have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency and a working knowledge of Microsoft programs required.
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Valid MN Drivers License and daily access to a reliable and insured vehicle.
  • Belief in the hospice concept.
Position Role and Responsibilities
  • Provide personal care to the patient in a compassionate and understanding manner consistent with the hospice philosophy.
  • Under the written and/or verbal direction of the RN, the HHA performs the following duties:
    • Provide bed bath, shower or tub bath as appropriate
    • Provide appropriate care of skin, hair, mouth and feet (excluding nail care); nail care for hands will be provided only as directed by the PCC.
    • Provide good body alignment, positioning, and range of motion exercises for non-ambulatory patients
    • Assist patient in and out of bed and with ambulation (including gait belt, sliding board, Hoyer Lift, E-Z Stand) with family or facility staff assistance as indicated.
    • Assist patient with use of bedpan, urinal, commode and bathroom
    • Assist with routine catheter care and enemas according to the plan of care

    • Assist with feeding and dressing patients
    • Monitor and record temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure, as directed by the RN Significant changes in the patient’s condition will be reported to the RN immediately
    • Change simple dressings
    • Apply Ace wraps as directed by PCC
    • Remind and assist patient in taking pre-measured medications. May assist with medications that are self-administered.
    • Perform various housekeeping duties related to patient care.
    • Perform simple procedures as an extension of therapeutic services as delegated by the RN and in accordance with the plan of care.
    • Attend patient care conferences as requested by the RN -PCC.
    • Order and maintain supplies as assigned
  • Responsible for maintenance of own entries in to paper and electronic medical records, assuring accuracy, completeness and compliance with regulations, certification standards, legal and ethical standards. Participate in ongoing filing and maintenance of the paper medical record as directed.
  • Identify and address comfort care needs within scope of Home Health Aide role.
  • Support and instruct the patient, family, and caregiver.
  • Maintain the dignity of the dying patient.
  • Support the patients and family's unique spiritual and cultural beliefs.
  • Provide holistic, family-centred care across treatment settings to improve the quality of life.
  • Consult and collaborate with the interdisciplinary team and others involved in the patients care.
  • Provide care consistent with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization standards of practice for hospice programs.
Agency Expectations
  • Adhere to all Seasons Hospice policies and procedures.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of all information pertaining to patients, families, and staff and adhere to all HIPAA rules.
  • Display a positive and professional image and attitude in all relationships with patients, families, peers and in the community.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Seasons Hospice at all times.
  • Provide verbal and written performance evaluations for assigned staff members, including peer and self evaluation.
  • Demonstrate ongoing responsibility for self education.
  • Assume responsibility for the promotion of the hospice concept in the community and with other agencies and professionals.
  • Participate in the Quality Assessment Performance Improvement Program (QAPI), as requested.
  • Maintains patient and personal safety regarding occupational health and safety.
  • Participate in safety program, as requested:
  • Participate in employee job safety analysis to eliminate hazards and prevent accidents.
  • Cooperate to investigate employee injuries.
  • Promote and support safety awareness and implement safety operations.
  • Encourage staff to make suggestions on safety practices.
  • Participate in orientation of new employees.
  • Participate in volunteer orientations, training and education as requested.
  • Participate in orientation and supervision for students seeking experience in hospice care.
  • Attend regularly scheduled department meeting and agency meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
ADA Requirements (essential functions)
Physical Requirements
Lifting More than 25 lbs, routinely
More than 50 lbs, occasionally
Transfer 150 lb. or greater patient weight
Sitting 1 - 3 hours/day
Standing 4 - 5 hour/day
Walking 2 - 4 hours/day
Bend, stoop, squat, and/or twist Repeatedly throughout day
Climbing stairs Repeatedly throughout day
Reaching 0.5 hour/day – arms ­ shoulder level
Use of telephone 2 - 3 hours/day
Working under pressure 3 – 4 hours/day
Working rapidly for long periods 2 - 3 hours/day
Use of keyboard/computer, printer, fax, copier 4 – 5 hours/day
Position requires close work; finger dexterity; adequate hearing and vision (with or without correction).
May occasionally work longer than 8 hours/day.
Cognitive or Mental Requirements
The following cognitive or mental requirements are necessary on a daily basis:
  • Critical thinking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Drawing conclusions from written or computer generated materials
  • Analyzing data or report information
  • Creating methodologies for accomplishing a goal
  • Conducting research
  • Implementing recommendations by coordinating persons and/or other resources
  • Developing plans, procedures, goals, strategies, or processes
  • Clear verbal articulation
Working Environment
  • Indoors, performing patient cares or at a desk for majority of the day
  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases
  • Skin contact with solvents or other chemicals such as alcohol, acetone, detergents, bleach, and latex gloves
  • Exposure to medical equipment with the risk of lacerations or punctures
  • Additional Notes
This job description is only a summary and is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by the employee. This document is subject to change at any time.
Created by: Michelle Donahue – Director of Human Resources Date: February 2015
Approved by: Beverly Haynes – Executive Director Date: February 2015