The home health aide is a paraprofessional member of the home care team who works under the supervision of a registered nurse or therapist and performs various personal care services as necessary to meet the patient's needs. The home health aide is responsible for observing patients, reporting these observations and documenting observations and care performed. The home health aide will be assigned in a manner that promotes quality, continuity and safety of a patient's care.
- High school graduate or equivalent preferred.
- Must satisfy Florida state requirements for home health aides. (Reference Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 59-A.0095, Section 5).
- Must have successfully completed an aide-training program consisting of seventy-five (75) hours total. A minimum of sixteen (16) hours of classroom training must be provided prior to practical training. A minimum of sixteen (16) hours must be documented as supervised practical training. (Reference, §484.36, Conditions of Participation for Medicare Home Health Agencies.)
- Must successfully complete a competency evaluation program as described in §484.36, (b), Conditions for Participation for Medicare Home Health Agencies.
- All clinical staff must have and maintain CPR.
- Evidence of adequate health status to allow performance of duties and be free of communicable disease.
- Ability to learn and apply principles of current health care practice training, follow instructions and produce accurate records of activities and services provided.
- Ability to organize work procedures.
- Prolonged or considerable walking or standing.
- Able to lift, position, or transfer patients. Able to lift supplies and equipment.
- Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, or crouching.
- Must be able to see and hear adequately to respond to auditory and visual activities relative to the performance of job duties.
- Lifting greater than 25 pounds.
- Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Coping with demands (stresses) that are associated with the job and/or the work environments so that acceptable levels of performance and overall contribution can be maintained.
- Interaction with physicians, patients, family members, employees and volunteers.
- Normal walking between offices and departments.
- The employee may spend greater than 75% of their shift in an environment that is not controlled by the Agency. In a client's home the employee may be (and often is) exposed to unsanitary conditions, cigarette smoke, pets, allergens, or other hazards that may pose a safety risk.
- The employee may be exposed to all weather conditions that are common to the service area and may be required to work in client's homes where the temperature may not be controlled.
- The employee may be exposed to communicable diseases, blood borne pathogens and/or hazardous materials.
The home health aide will not function in any manner viewed as the practice of nursing according to the State's Nurse Practice Act. Specifically, the home health aide will not administer medications, take physician's orders or perform procedures requiring the training, knowledge and skill of a nurse, such as sterile techniques.