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Harbor Certified Nurses Assistant

Harbor Certified Nurses Assistant

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Benchmark Senior Living at Hamden
35 Hamden Hills Drive
Hamden, CT 06518     

 

 

The Harbor Program Resident Care Associate reports concurrently to the Harbor Program Director and to the Resident Care Director

 

PURPOSE

 

The Harbor Program Resident Care Associate provides the special service and care required to each ALZ / Dementia resident.. Provides resident care and program/activity needs to residents while assisting in maintaining a positive physical, nutritional and social environment for the residents, while ensuring they feel safe and purposeful.

 

 

PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Advocacy

          Recognizes and can assist in the prevention of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation

         Recognizes and reports to Harbor Program Director or Nurse a residents change of condition, including needing more time to deliver care due to the aging process

 

Analysis / Reporting

          Reports resident and family concerns and issues in a timely manner

         Reports residents’ change of condition and/or needs in a timely manner

 

Communication

          Effectively communicates with residents, families and friends of residents

         Efficiently documents and provides accurate record-keeping as appropriate

         Assures resident information is communicated to the staff through the report process and calendar (i.e., appointments, outings, etc.)

         Communicates and documents residents’ material needs (i.e., briefs, clothing, toothpaste, pads, etc.)

         Accurately completes incident reports prior to the end of the working day

 

Compliance and Safety

         Demonstrates competency with SAMM per state regulations

         Demonstrates infection prevention and control

         Demonstrates personal and resident safety

         Responds to alarms in a timely manner

         Reviews and demonstrates proper fire, safety, and elopement procedures

         Appropriately documents per resident assignment

         Uses proper lifting techniques

 

Customer Service

         Responds to resident / family requests in a timely manner

         Supports the resident’s family, friends and significant others as ongoing caregivers and members of the Caregiving team.

         Demonstrates understanding of the emotional stress of having a loved one with dementia by responding professionally and sensitively to the family’s needs.

         Meets customer service standards in a friendly, helpful, courteous manner with resident and family satisfaction a priority

         Answers phones appropriately

 

Facilities Maintenance

         Assists in cleaning spills / soilage

         Reports any malfunctioning equipment appliances, fixtures, etc.

         Helps to keep common areas in order

         Does not leave any in-use equipment unattended

         Washes and dries residents’ personal laundry in accordance with Harbor Standard and Practices, using cleaning products appropriate to the type of wash, folding clean clothes and returning to the appropriate resident.

         Helps to properly maintain all laundry equipment, ensures laundry work areas are clean and safe, ensures policies covering infection control, health and safety, etc. are strictly followed

 

Knowledge and Experience

          Demonstrates a knowledge of the cognitive, physical, behavioral, and psycho-social approach to all aspects of dementia by using a sensitive approach to all aspects of resident care

         Demonstrates knowledge of residents with regards to background, participation needs, physical abilities, cognitive capability, and attention span capability

         Demonstrates proficiency at reading and understanding a Resident Care Service Plan

         Understands advanced directives and end-of-life care

         Possesses knowledge about the assisted living philosophy

         Understands the resident care function in assisted living

         Understands quality of care objectives

         Understands quality of life objectives

         Reviews and demonstrates understanding of the use of Resident Care Standards and Practices with the Resident Care Director

         Reviews and understands the orientation checklist

          Demonstrates knowledge of the following Benchmark Standards and Practices:

         OSHA guidelines, e.g., chemicals, personal care products, and items locked

         Use of walkie talkies, beeper, and keys

         Nametag and uniform

         Proper punching of timecards / etime

         Alarm system

         Fire safety and elopement

         Consistent attendance and participation in staff meetings and mandatory in-services

         All equipment in resident’s room

         Demonstrates working knowledge of state regulations as they pertain to the job

         Has sound working knowledge of policies in the Resident Handbook

         Possesses current First Aid, and Heimlich certification, if required by state regulations

 

Organization / Prioritization

          Follows daily work schedules as directed and identifies and acts on non-scheduled tasks

         Shows a consistent ability to coordinate multiple tasks

         Maintains a positive attitude when working under pressure

 

Problem Solving / Decision Making

          Responds to emergencies and personal emergency response system and knows when to call for backup

         Effectively handles difficult resident behaviors

         Reacts calmly and effectively in emergency situations

 

Public Relations / Marketing

          Represents the community with a positive attitude and pride when interacting with potential residents and families

         Develops and practices the “30-second commercial” and uses it to greet visitors

 

Resident Care Activities

          Participates with activities program staff and residents in daily programs and recreational activities as directed

         Encourages residents to participate in community activity programs

          Initiates simple programming and activities, leading one-on-one, small, or large group activities

 

Resident Care Alzheimer’s Care

          Supports the residents’ abilities by understanding that all aspects of care can be viewed as an activity

         Utilizes the program staff for assistance and supplies and activity boxes

         Demonstrates therapeutic conversation and redirection conversation with residents, offering appropriate cues (toilet, snacks and liquids)

 

Resident Care General

          Washes and dries residents’ personal laundry in accordance with Harbor Standard and Practices, using cleaning products appropriate to the type of wash, folding clean clothes and returning to the appropriate resident

         Participates in service plan reviews

          Serves residents food as directed, including feeding skills, if regulations permit

          Facilitates the Harbor Resident Choice Dining Program and snack and hydration programs per Standards and Practices

          Knows and complies with all resident rights

         Receives and gives report of on-going shifts by oral and/or written log

         Efficiently documents and provides accurate record-keeping as appropriate

          Observes and reports any changes in residents’ conditions (behavioral or health) and takes action to ensure safety of the residents

         Provides appropriate interventions to maximize the resident’s social and ADL functioning

         Successfully implements the plan of care

         Responds to emergencies and personal emergency response system and knows when to call for backup

         Effectively handles difficult resident behaviors

         Assures resident information is communicated to the staff through the report process and calendar (i.e. appointments, outings, etc.)

         Accurately completes incident reports prior to the end of the working day

 

 

Resident Care Hygiene

          Assists with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, transfer, mobility, and continence care while using appropriate modeling and validation techniques

         Checks all residents daily for cleanliness, appropriate clothing, and any continence issues

         Uses proper sanitary procedures to wipe tables, and sweep and mop dining room after meals

          Checks on resident rooms daily for general cleanliness and neatness; ensures high risk rooms are double checked

          Checks laundry rooms, common areas including bathrooms for cleanliness

 

Resident Care Wellness

         Accurately assesses, communicates, and documents residents’ status

         Observes and reports any significant changes in resident behavior and health

         Assists residents with medication per state regulations

         Recognizes and assists in the prevention of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation (financial and other)

         Communicates and documents residents’ material needs (i.e. briefs, clothing, toothpaste, pads, etc.)

         Conducts MAR and SAMM audits bi-monthly

         Thins charts as necessary

          Measures and accurately records vital signs (temperatures, pulse, respiration, blood pressure weight and height) where appropriate as per state regulations

 

Strategy

          Successfully implements the plan of care

 

Structure

          Provides ongoing supervision of residents health related activities; complying with health care instructions explained by health care professionals and promptly and appropriately seeking and obtaining medical attention when needed

 

Talent Development

          Identifies and organizes associate relations events and opportunities

         Serves as mentor to new aides

 

Training

          Adheres to and attends state regulated in-service training

 

Vision / Innovation

          Assesses risk in a proactive manner

 

Misc.

         Displays courteousness and friendliness at all times to residents remembering their rights to dignity and confidentiality

         Responds to resident / family requests in a timely manner

         Attends and participates in meetings

         Attends all required in-service training

         Serves as mentor to new aides

         Represents the community with a positive attitude and pride when interacting with potential residents and families

         Effectively communicates with residents, families and friends of residents

         Follows daily work schedules as directed and identifies and acts on non-scheduled tasks

         Shows a consistent ability to coordinate multiple tasks

         Maintains a positive attitude when working under pressure

         Special projects/assignments as delegated by the Harbor Program Director and Resident Care Director

 

 

 

 

 

Job Requirements

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/LICENSURE- CERTIFICATICATION

 

EDUCATION

Must have current certification as a nursing assistant or have successfully completed the certified home health aide or homemaker/personal care homemaker-training program.

High School education preferred

 

 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Demonstrates working knowledge of state regulations as they pertain to the job

Has sound working knowledge of policies in the Harbor Family Handbook.

Possesses current First Aid, and Heimlich certification, if required by state regulations

Displays courteousness and friendliness at all times to residents remembering their rights to dignity and confidentiality

Possess excellent communication skills.

Familiar with infection control

Demonstrates proficiency at reading and understanding a Resident Care Service Plan

Understands advanced directives and end-of-life care

Possesses knowledge about the assisted living philosophy

Understands the nursing function in assisted living

Understands quality of care objectives

Understands quality of life objectives

Demonstrates understanding of the use of Standards and Practices

Reviews and understands the orientation checklist

Demonstrates knowledge of the following Benchmark Standards and Practices:

OSHA guidelines, e.g., chemicals, personal care products, and items locked

Use of walkie talkies, beeper, and keys

Nametag and uniform

Proper punching of timecards / -time

Alarm system

Fire safety and elopement

Consistent attendance and participation in staff meetings and mandatory in-services

All equipment in resident’s room

 

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Physically able to move at least 50 lbs. without assistance.

Physical stamina and ability to assist residents or lift residents where needed and in emergencies.

Physically able to bend, reach and work in small areas.

Physically able to push and pull, equipment and furnishings.

 

 

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time/Part-Time
Job Type Health Care
Education Not Specified
Experience At least 1 year(s)
Manages Others No
Relocation No
Industry Healthcare - Health Services
Required Travel None
Job ID Harbor Resident Care
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