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Job Description

Job Title    Home Care Aide

Job Reporting Relationships

Supervised by: Administrator/ DON, ADON, Care Manager

Supervises: None

Basic Qualifications

Skill(s): Moderate reading, writing, grammar, and mathematics skills; proficient interpersonal relations and communicative skills; ability to perform the essential functions of a home care aide that includes but is not limited to full use of hands, ability to stand, bend, reach, push, pull and lift between 35-50 pounds without restrictions; current C.P.R. certification (or eligibility and pursuit of certification); satisfactory completion of pre-employment physical (post-offer).

Position will require a current 2 step TB and screen, Pennsylvania driver’s license, a good driving record, and your own registered insured vehicle if driving clients and a criminal background check.

Experience: 1-2 year experience preferred.

General Responsibilities

The Home Care Aide assists seniors and disabled individuals who are functionally, physically, socially and/or memory impaired and need assistance and oversight. The Home Care Aide role is to assist clients with those activities of daily living that they are unable to perform without help, fostering at all times the clients' independence and freedom of choice.

Position Qualifications

  • Meets the training requirements and demonstrates competencies as required by the DOH
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Ability to read and follow written instructions and document care given
  • Self-directing with the ability to work with little direct supervision
  • Empathy for the needs of the ill, injured, frail or impaired
  • Possess and maintain current CPR certification
  • Demonstrates tact, patience and good personal hygiene
  • Dresses in appropriate and professional attire, WHCA uniform and ID Badge

Essential Duties as Assigned by Individualized Care Plan

1. Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): Provides assistance with:

a. Dressing and undressing (clothing should be clean and appropriate for the season)
b. Bathing
c. Personal hygiene (toileting, shaving, dental hygiene, nail care, hair care, foot care)
d. Assist with toileting, including use of bedpan, commode or toilet
e. Obtain client weight if indicated
f. Assist with the emptying of indwelling catheter care leg bag
g. Mobility devices (cane, walker, wheelchair, crutches) including monitoring of safe transfer and ambulation techniques
h. Care of ADL devices such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids

2. Instrumental Activities of Daily Living: Provides assistance with:

a. Telephone (assists with calls, hearing and vision adaptive devices)
b. Bed making, bed changes, gathering and dispensing laundry, assists clients who do their own personal laundry if needed
c. Housekeeping and errands
d. Escorts clients when requested and care planned to outside appointments
e. Keeping clients’ living area clean and orderly as appropriate
f. Plan and prepare nutritious meals if indicated. Prepare and serve simple modified diets according to instruction
g. Assist the self-directing client with reminders on changing the tubing or refilling a tank in the use of their oxygen equipment
3. Medication Cueing:

a. Verbally reminds clients when needed to self-administer medications. Reports any client variances to Supervisor.
4. Health Maintenance and Monitoring Tasks:

a. Observes and reports changes in clients' physical condition and cognitive/emotional status to Supervisor.
b. Monitors for environmental safety hazards.
c. Reports incidents, errors, accidents and client related events immediately to Supervisor.
5. Insures an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity, and well-being of all clients in a safe, secure environment.
6. Follows universal/standard infection control precautions.
7. Maintains awareness of individual responsibilities under the established Fire Safety/Disaster plan.
8. Insures the confidentiality of all client and/or employee-related information.
9. Attends all mandatory in-service training programs and required meetings.

Ancillary Duties

1. Performs tasks which are supportive in nature to the essential functions of the position, but may be altered or redesigned depending upon individual circumstances.

Office Location

409 Second Avenue, Suite 302 Collegeville, PA 19426

Equipment/Machines

1. Smart Phone / Computer/ Fax Machine
2. Hoyer Lift or a variation of a lift device

I have read the above job description and fully understand the conditions set forth therein, and if employed as a Home Care Aide, I will perform these duties to the best of my knowledge and ability.

Job Description

TITLE OF POSITION    LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE

TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR    DIRECTOR OF NURSING

RISK OF EXPOSURE TO BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS    HIGH

DUTIES

Provides skilled nursing care under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse.

Performs selected skilled actions in the provision of curative, rehabilitative, palliative or
preventative nursing care.

Is responsible and accountable for making decisions that are based on the individual's nursing experience and educational preparation.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Assists the Registered Nurse in carrying out the plan of care.

Assists the Registered Nurse in performing specialized procedures as directed by the Registered Nurse under physician's orders.

Assists with the preparation, implementation and continuing evaluation of the patient care plan.

Recognizes and understands the effects of social and economic problems upon patients and
provides for the emotional and physical comfort and safety of patients.

Helps teach the patient the appropriate self-care techniques.

Fosters cooperative effort among personnel by understanding the functions of other persons involved in patient care and by active participation in team and staff conferences.

Assumes responsibility for personal and vocational growth and development through active participation in nursing organizations and participating in in-service programs and other on the job learning.

Prepares clinical and progress notes (not to include admission).

Observes, records, and reports to the appropriate person patient symptoms, reactions and
changes including:

  • The general physical and mental condition of patients and signs and symptoms which may
    be indicative of untoward changes.
  • Stresses in human relationships between the patients and staff personnel and between
    patients and their families and visitors.

Observes records and reports to the appropriate person the general physical and mental condition of patients and signs and symptoms which may be indicative of changes in condition.

Assists with the rehabilitation of patients according to the medical care plan by encouraging the interests and special aptitudes of the patient and encouraging patients to help themselves using their own capabilities.

Further assist in rehabilitation by reporting any abnormality in the patient’s range of motion, body mechanics or body alignment.

Actively participates in nursing organizations and promotes and participates in in-service
programs.

TREATMENTS AND PROCEDURES

The Licensed Practical Nurse with the education and proven clinical competence may perform certain treatments/procedures provided the Home Health Agency’s policies and the State’s

Regulatory Acts allow their performance

JOB CONDITIONS

The ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing in English is required.

The ability to access patients’ homes which may not be routinely wheelchair accessible is
required.

Hearing, eyesight and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the patient's condition and to perform patient care.

Physical activities will include, walking, sitting, stooping, and standing and minimal to maximum lifting of patients and the turning of patients.

EQUIPMENT OPERATION

Utilization of calculator, multi-line telephone, copy machine, basic medical equipment.

COMPANY INFORMATION

Has access to all patient medical records, personnel records and patient financial accounts which may be discussed with the Executive Director, Director of Reimbursement, Employee Relations and Quality Assurance department staff.

QUALIFICATIONS

1. Graduation from an accredited School of Practical Nursing.
2. Must be licensed in Pennsylvania as a Licensed Practical Nurse
3. One or more years’ experience in home health agency or in a hospital setting, Home health
experience preferred.
4. Must have a criminal background check.
5. Must have a current CPR certification. Online certification is not accepted.

Jon Description

TITLE OF POSITION    OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR    DIRECTOR OF NURSING

RISK OF EXPOSURE TO BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS    HIGH

DUTIES

Provides skilled occupational therapy service on an intermittent basis to patients in their homes in accordance with the physician's orders.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Assists the physician in evaluating the patient's level of function by applying diagnostic and prognostic procedures.

Conducts initial and ongoing comprehensive assessments of the patient’s needs, including Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) assessments.

Evaluates the patient's significant other(s), and the home situation to determine what instruction will be required and what family assistance will be available in caring for the patient, as well as what other Agency and community services will be required.

Assures that the physician's orders are appropriate and discusses necessary changes.

Assists in development and implementation of the interdisciplinary patient care plan to include Occupational Therapy in consultation with the physician.

Guides and instructs the patient in prescribed therapeutic self-care and creative activities that are directed toward improving independence and physical and mental functioning.

Instructs patient in care and use of wheelchairs, braces, splints, and prosthetic and orthotic devices.

Teaches, supervises and counsels the family and patient in the total Occupational Therapy program and other related problems of the patient at home.

Establishes goals based on the patient's current level of functioning and potential for improvement and performs re-evaluations as indicated.

Makes arrangement for outpatient services when procedures are required that cannot be given in the home.

Evaluates the effectiveness of occupational therapy intervention and updates the patient care plan as needed.

Prepare clinical/progress notes on the day of the visit which are incorporated into the chart within 14 days.

Communicates with the physician on a regular basis regarding patient's status, obtaining additional orders, if necessary.

Communicates with other team members and, when appropriate, instructs them in Occupational Therapy techniques that they may use while working with the patient.

Supervises the Home Health Aide every 2 weeks when Occupational Therapy is the only professional discipline involved in the patient's care.

Supervise the Occupational Therapy Assistant: supervisory contact (face-to-face individual contact, telephone communication, contact through written reports or group conferences among a supervisor and two or more supervisees) with the OTA at least 10% of the time worked by the assistant in direct patient care. Face-to-face individual contact shall occur onsite at least once a month and shall include observation of the assistant performing occupational therapy. The specific mode, frequency and duration of other types of supervisory contact depend on the treatment setting, the occupational therapy assistant’s caseload, the condition of patients being treated by the assistant and the experience and competence of the assistant as determined by the supervisor. The supervisor shall ensure, however, that supervisory contact within each calendar month includes a combination of face-to-face, telephone and written communication Confirms, on a weekly basis, the scheduling of visits with the Director of Nursing in order to
coordinate Agency visits.

Participates with the staff, the patient, and the physician in discharge activities and completes an Occupational Therapy Discharge Summary.

Assumes responsibility for self-development by continually striving to improve his/her health care knowledge through educational programs, attendance at workshops and conferences, active participation in professional and related organizations and individual research and reading.

ASSISTS IN THE AGENCY ADMISSION PROCESS

Obtains a medical history, particularly as it relates to the present condition.

Evaluates the patient, the patient’s significant other(s) and the home situation to determine what instruction will be required, what assistance will be available from the family in caring for the patient, and what other Agency and community services will be required.

Assures that the physician’s orders are appropriate and discusses necessary changes.

JOB CONDITIONS

The ability to drive and the ability to access patients’ homes which may not be routinely wheelchair accessible are required.

Hearing, eyesight and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the patient's condition and to perform patient care.

On occasion, may be required to bend, stoop, reach and move patient weight up to 250 pounds; lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds.

Must be able to effectively communicate in English.

EQUIPMENT OPERATION

Occupational therapy equipment and other medical equipment will be utilized. Hand washing materials

COMPANY INFORMATION

Has access to all patient medical records which may be discussed with Director of Nursing, the Administrator, the Executive Director, and the Quality Assurance department staff and government agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS

1. Must have graduated from an Occupational Therapist curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American
Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), or its successor organizations.
2. Must be licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.
3. Must have at least one year of institutional experience.
4. Must have a criminal background check.
5. Must have a current CPR certification. Online certification is not accepted.

Job Description

TITLE OF POSITION    REGISTERED PHYSICAL THERAPIST

TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR    DIRECTOR OF NURSING

RISK OF EXPOSURE TO BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS    HIGH

DUTIES

Provides skilled Physical Therapy services on an intermittent basis to patients in their homes in accordance with physician orders.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Provides initial and ongoing comprehensive assessments of the patient’s needs, including Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) assessments.

Establishes a treatment plan in consultation with the physician and revises it with the approval of the physician as necessary.

Assists in development and implementation of the interdisciplinary patient care plan as it pertains to Physical Therapy.

Assists the physician in evaluating patients by applying diagnostic and prognostic muscle, nerve, joint and functional ability tests.
Treats patients to relieve pain, develop or restore functional and maintain maximum performance, using physical means, such as exercise, massage, heat, water, light and electricity.

Consults and familiarizes staff regarding the established plan.

Teaches, supervises, and counsels the family and patient in the physical therapy program.

Instructs patient in care and use of wheelchairs, braces, crutches, canes and prosthetic and orthotic devices.

Provides the equipment required to carry out the plan.

Arranges for out-patient service for procedures which cannot be given at home.

Records on a timely basis all evaluation data, treatments, and patient's response to therapy intervention Also records quality assurance data.

Prepares an assessment of the patient's condition and periodic evaluations and summaries.

Supervises Physical Therapy Assistants at least every 7 patient visits or every 14 days, whichever occurs first.

Records and reports to the physician the patient's reaction to treatment and/or any changes in the patient's condition.

Communicates with the physician at least every 30 days or whenever changes occur regarding the patient’s status and obtains additional orders, if necessary.

Communicates with other team members (including Home Health Aides) and, when appropriate, instructs them in certain phases of physical therapy that they may use while working with the patient.

Write clinical/progress notes on the date of the visit and incorporates same in the patient's record within 14 days.

Participate in case conferences, physical therapy staff meetings, agency activities and in-service programs as necessary.

Supervise the home health aide every two weeks when physical therapy is the only professional discipline involved in the patient's care and supervises the Physical Therapy Assistant every thirty days during patient re-assessment.

Participate with staff, patients, and physicians in discharge planning activities and completes a Physical Therapy Discharge Summary.

ASSIST IN THE AGENCY ADMISSION PROCESS

Obtains a medical history, particularly as it relates to the present condition.

Evaluates the patient, the patient’s significant other(s) and the home situation to determine what instruction will be required, what assistance will be available from the family in caring for the patient, and what other Agency and community services will be required.

Assures that the physician’s orders are appropriate and discusses necessary changes.

JOB CONDITIONS

The ability to drive and the ability to access patients’ homes which may not be routinely wheelchair accessible are required.

Hearing, eyesight and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the patient's condition and to perform patient care.

On occasion, may be required to bend, stoop, reach and move patient weight up to 250 pounds, lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds.
Must be able to effectively communicate in English.

EQUIPMENT OPERATION

Physical therapy equipment and other medical equipment will be utilized. Hand washing materials

COMPANY INFORMATION

Has access to all patient medical records which may be discussed with Director of Nursing, the Administrator, the Executive Director, and the Quality Assurance department staff.

QUALIFICATIONS

1. Must have graduated from a Physical Therapist curriculum accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy
Association (APTA), or its successor organizations.
2. Must be licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.
3. Must have at least one year of institutional/home health experience.
4. Must have a criminal background check.
5. Must have a current CPR certification. Online certification is not accepted.

Job Description

TITLE OF POSITION    REGISTERED NURSE

TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR    DIRECTOR OF NURSING

RISK OF EXPOSURE TO BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS    HIGH

DUTIES

To provide nursing care in accordance with the patient's plan of care to include comprehensive health and psychosocial evaluation, monitoring of the patient’s condition, health promotion and prevention coordination of services, teaching and training activities and direct nursing care.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Coordinates total patient care by conducting comprehensive health and psychosocial evaluation, monitoring the patient's condition, promoting sound preventive practices, coordinating services and teaching and training activities.

Evaluates the effectiveness of nursing service to the patient and family on an ongoing basis.

Performs admission, transfer, and re-certification, resumption of care and discharge OASIS for the home care patient.

Prepares and presents patient's record to the Clinical Record Review Committee as indicated.

Consult with the attending physician concerning alterations of Patient Care Plans, checks with the appropriate supervisor and makes changes, as appropriate.

Coordinates patient services.

Submits clinical notes no less often than weekly and progress notes and other clinical record forms outlining the services rendered as indicated.

Submits a tally of patient care visits made each day.

Participates in case conferences, discuss with the supervisor problems concerning the patients and how they may best be handled.

Discusses with the appropriate supervisor the need for the involvement of other members of the health team such as the Home Health Aide, the Physical Therapist, the Speech Therapist, the Occupational Therapist, The Medical Social Worker, etc.

Obtains orders for paraprofessional service and submits a referral to the appropriate personnel.

Participates in the patient’s discharge planning process.

Cooperates with other agencies providing nursing or related services to provide continuity of care and to implement a comprehensive care plan.

Participates in staff development meeting.

Continually strive to improve his/her nursing care skills by attending in-service education, through formal education, attendance at workshops, conferences, active participation in professional and related organizations and individual research and reading.

Participates in the development and periodic revision of the physician's Plan of Treatment and processes change orders as needed.

Submits clinical notes weekly, and progress notes and other clinical record forms outlining the services rendered.

Participates in the patient’s discharge planning process.

Maintains an on-going knowledge of current drug therapy.

Adheres to Federal, state and accreditation requirements including Medicare and Medicaid regulations.

May be requested by Director of Nursing to fill in for the other nurses.

COORDINATES THE ADMISSION OF A PATIENT TO THE AGENCY

Conducts an initial and ongoing comprehensive assessment of the patient’s needs, including Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) assessments at appropriate time points.

Obtains a medical history from the patient and/or a family member particularly as it relates to the present condition.

Conducts a physical examination of the patient, including vital signs, physical assessment, mental status, appetite and type of diet, etc.

Evaluates the patient, family member(s) and home situation to determine what health teaching will be required.

Evaluates the patient's environment to determine what assistance will be available from family members in caring for the patient.

Evaluates the patient's condition and home situation to determine if the services of a Home Health Aide will be required and the frequency of this service.

Explains nursing and other Agency services to patients and families as a part of planning for care.

Develops and implements the nursing care plan.

May be requested by the Director of Nursing to fill in for other nurses who are on vacation or sick.

PROVIDES SKILLED NURSING CARE AS OUTLINED IN THE NURSING CARE PLAN

Nursing services, treatments and preventative procedures requiring substantial specialized skill and ordered by the physician.

The initiation of preventative and rehabilitative nursing procedures as appropriate for the patient's care and safety.

Observing signs and symptoms and reporting to the physician reactions to treatments, including drugs, as well as changes in the patient's physical or emotional condition.

Teaching, supervising and counseling the patient and caregivers regarding the nursing care needs and other related problems of the patient at home.

ASSUMES RESPONIBILITY FOR THE CARE GIVEN BY THE HOME HEALTH AIDE

Supervises and evaluates the care given by the Home Health Aide as needed, and at a minimum of once every two weeks.

Submits to the appropriate department/individual written evaluations of the Home Health Aides who are providing service to the patients in his/her geographical area.

Participates in periodic conferences with the Home Health Aide supervisor concerning the Aide's performance.

Charts those services rendered to the patient by the staff nurse and changes that have been noted in the patient's condition and/or family and home situation, makes revisions in the nursing care plan as needed, records supervisory visits conducted with the Home Health Aide, evaluates

patient care and progress and closes charts of discharged patients.

Evaluates the effectiveness of her nursing service to the individual and family.

Consults with the attending physician concerning alteration of the plan of treatment in consultation with the supervisor.

Submits clinical notes no less often than weekly and progress notes and other clinical record forms outlining the services rendered as indicated.

Submit a tally of visits made each day.

Participate in case conferences.

Discusses with the supervisor problems concerning the patients and possible resolution.

Discusses with the supervisor the need for involvement of other members of the health team such as the home health aide, physical therapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, social worker, etc.

Obtains orders for paraprofessional service and submits referral to appropriate personnel.

Provide guidance and supervision to the LPN and supervises the LPN once monthly.

Coordinates total patient care.

Cooperates with other agencies providing nursing or related services to provide continuity of care and to implement a comprehensive care plan.

Participates in staff development meetings.

Participates in the educational experiences for student nurses.

Continually strives to improve his/her nursing care by attending in-service education, through formal education, attendance at workshops, conferences, goal setting, active participation in professional and related organizations and individual research and reading.

Participates in the planning, operation and evaluation of the nursing service.

Participates in the development and periodic revision of the physician’s Plan of Treatment and processes change orders as needed.
Participates in the patient’s discharge planning.

Submits clinical notes no less often than weekly, and progress notes and other clinical record forms outlining the services rendered as indicated.

Maintains an on-going knowledge of current drug therapy.

Prepare the care plan for the Home Health Aide.

JOB CONDITIONS

Must have a driver’s license and be willing and able to drive to patient’s residences.

The ability to access patients’ homes which may not be routinely wheelchair accessible is required. Hearing, eyesight and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the patient's condition and to perform and demonstrate patient care.

Physical activities will include, walking, sitting, stooping, and standing and minimal to maximum lifting of patients and the turning of patients.

The ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in English is required as frequent communication by telephone and in writing is involved.

EQUIPMENT OPERATION

Thermometer, B/P cuff, glucometer, penlight, hand washing materials.

COMPANY INFORMATION

Has access to all patient medical records, personnel records and patient financial accounts which may be discussed with the Director of Nursing.

QUALIFICATIONS

1. Must be a graduate from an accredited School of Nursing.
2. Must be licensed in Pennsylvania as a Registered Nurse.
3. One or more years of experience in community/home health agency or in a hospital setting is preferred.
4. Must have knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid guidelines.
5. Must have a working knowledge of home health care and the principles and techniques of professional nursing and required documentation that pertains to it.
6. Should be skillful in organization and in the principles of time management and have knowledge of management processes.
7. Must be able to contribute to the quality of care being rendered through constructive communication with nursing managers and staff.
8. Must have a criminal background check.
9. Must have a current CPR certification. Online certification is not accepted.

Job Description

TITLE OF POSITION    SPEECH PATHOLOGIST/AUDIOLOGIST

TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR    DIRECTOR OF NURSING

RISK OF EXPOSURE TO BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS    HIGH

DUTIES

Provides skilled speech pathology service on an intermittent basis to patients in their homes in accordance with the physician's orders.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Evaluates the patient's level of functioning and recommends mechanisms to enhance the patient's hearing abiity. Provides initial and ongoing comprehensive assessments of the patient's needs, including Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) assessments.

Establishes a Speech Therapy treatment plan in consultation with the physician and revises it with the approval of the physician as necessary.

Assists in development and implementation of the interdisciplinary patient care plan as it pertains to Speech Therapy.

Assures that the physician's orders are appropriate and discusses necessary changes.

Communicate with other team members and, when appropriate, instructs them Si speech pathology techniques that they may use while working with the patient.

Teaches, supervises, and counsels the lardy and patient in the total Speech Therapy program and other related problems of the patient at home.

Evaluates the patient, his/her significant other(s) and the home situation to determine what instruction will be required, what assistance will be available for the family in caring for the patient, and what other agency and community services wil be required.

Makes arrangements for out-patient services for procedures which cannot be given in the home. Records on a timely basis all evaluation data, treatments, and patient's response to therapy intervention.

Supervises the Home Health per agency policy when Speech Therapy is the only professional discipline involved in the patient's care.

Records and report to the physician the patients reaction to treatment and/or any changes in the patient's condition.

Participates it the development of periodic revision of the physician's plan of treatment keeping him/her informed of the patient's status, and obtaining additional orders if necessary.

Communicates with the physician at least every 30 days or whenever changes occur regarding the patient's status and obtains additional orders, if necessary.

Evaluates the effectiveness of speech pathology intervention and updates the patient care plan as needed.

Writes clinical/progress notes on the date of the visit and incorporates same in the patients record within 14 days.

Assumes responsibility for self-development by continually striving to improve his/her health care knowledge through educational programs, attendance at workshops and conferences, active participation in professional and related organization meetings and individual research and reading.

Confirms, on a weekly basis, the scheduling of visits with the Director of Nursing in order to coordinate the patient's visit schedule.

Participates in agency activities, case conferences and meetings, when appropriate.

Participates with staff, patients, and physicians in discharge planning activities and completes a Speech Therapy Discharge Summary.

ASSIST IN AGENCY ADMISSION PROCESS

Obtains a medical history, particularly as it relates to the present condition.

Evaluates the patient, and the home situation to determine what instruction and assistance wit be available from the family in caring for the patient, and what other Agency and community services will be required.

Assures that the physician's orders are appropriate and discusses necessary changes.

JOB CONDITIONS

The ability to drive and the ability to access patients' homes which may not be routinely wheelchair accessible are required.

Hearing, eyesight and physical dexterity must be sufficient to perform a physical assessment of the patient's condition and to perform patient care.

On occasion, may be required to bend, stoop, reach and move patient weight up to 250 pounds; lift and/or carry up to 30 pounds.

Must be able to effectively communicate in English.

EQUIPMENT OPERATION

Speech therapy equipment and hand washing materials.

COMPANY INFORMATION

Has access to all patient medical records which may be discussed with Director of Nursing, the Administrator, the Executive Director, and the Quality Assurance department staff and government agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS

1. A professional who meets one of the following:

a. The education and experience requirements fora Certificate of Clinical Competence in the appropriate area (speech pathology or audiology) granted by the American Speech & Hearing Association, or
b. The educational requirements for certification and is in the process of accumulating the supervised experience required for certification.

2. A Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology preferred.
3. A member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association preferred.
4. Must be licensed in Pennsylvania.
5. Must have at least one year of institutional experience.
6. Must have a criminal background check.
7. Must have a current CPR certification. Online certification is not accepted.

Application For Employment
Competency Test

Step 1 of 14

  • Please go through and answer the questions then compare them to the answer sheet which can be found at the end of this test.


  • 1. Confidentiality


    Confidentiality is a conscious effort by every employee to keep all personal resident information private. This may include a client’s identity, physical or mental condition, emotional state, financial situation, or an overheard conversation.
  • HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. It is a federal rule covering the health care and health insurance industries. The HIPAA privacy rule is designed to protect clients and their personal health information.
  • As a health care provider, Worthington Home Care Agency is required to comply with HIPAA rules since we maintain and transmit protected health information (PHI) in writing, verbally, and via computer. PHI includes things such as a client’s identification number, social security number, and physician notes pertaining to the client, test results, and health insurance plan number. Confidentiality must be maintained with regards to a client’s PHI.
  • Clients have the right to access their health records and may request amendments to the record. They may restrict who has access to their information. All employees are responsible for protecting the medical record from loss, destruction, and unauthorized use. Client information should never be thrown in a trashcan. It should be properly destroyed or shredded.
  • Physicians, nurses, and therapists may have unlimited access to a client’s chart for whom they are caring. All others may access only the information they need to know as defined by their job description or facility policy. Failing to follow HIPAA rules can result in fines or even imprisonment!
  • Privacy is a person’s right to keep their personal matters and relationships secret from others.
    Security is the ability to control and protect information from accidental or intentional disclosure to unauthorized persons, and from alteration, destruction, or loss.
  • How can you protect confidentiality?
    • Only share client information with those who “need to know”
    • Report breaches of confidentiality to your supervisor
    • Do not discuss clients when you are outside the facility
    • Protect client records by keeping private information covered
    • Make sure you have the correct number when sending a fax
    • Keep your computer screen turned away form public view
    • Do not share your password; logoff your computer when not in use
    • Don’t leave client information lying on the desk where others can see it
    • Speak quietly when discussing a client; move to a private location if necessary
  • No confidential information may be released outside the facility without proper authorization from the client or responsible party. Any information released must be cleared by the Health Information Management (HIM) Department. The only exception is the client’s admission or discharge date from the facility.
  • If a client is cognitively impaired, the POA (power of attorney) or responsible party must authorize the release of client information. If the client is not cognitively impaired, authorization should be obtained from him/her. If a family is requesting a copy of a client’s medical record, they should be referred to HIM. An employee should never take printed client information out of the facility.
  • When beginning work, all new employees sign a confidentiality pledge and are responsible for keeping information they have access to confidential.
  • Confidentiality Quiz


Required Information

We will need additional required information such as Social Security Number, I-9, W4, and other required information before hire. Keep a lookout for a call or email to go over the next steps and becoming a part of our amazing team. .