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Healthcare Assistant - Job Summary
The purpose of the care provided by Healthcare Assistants is to support individuals who choose to remain in the comfort and security of their own homes and to help them live as independent and active lives as possible by supporting them in an enablement focused way. The service user and the Manager will agree the tasks you undertake once they have assessed the service user's needs.
This will be written down as a Care Plan, which will be kept in the service user's home. This will specify your duties for each individual service user you work with and it will be your responsibility to follow this and other supporting documents, reporting any changes in need that you or your service users identify. The Healthcare Assistant will be responsible for meeting the personal needs of service users. He/she will assist in meeting the care support and daily living needs of the service user and to provide care and any additional support as required in accordance with our care standards.
PRINCIPLE DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The following list gives examples of the type of duties you may undertake. All of these should be done in a manner, which encourages service users towards the maximum degree of independence and activity appropriate to their abilities;
Assisting getting up in the morning including washing/bathing and dressing and maintaining personal appearance
Assisting with undressing and getting to bed in the evening
Assisting with preparation of meals, drinks and snacks when necessary
Provide assistance with toileting where necessary
Provide assistance with other tasks of personal daily living that you cannot manage and provide general support as part of a caring team
Assist and encourage the management of medication or administer where necessary and appropriate, and monitoring health related conditions such as dietary & fluid intake.
To help service users with mobility difficulties, or other physical disabilities, including incontinence.
To help in the use of aids and other personal equipment.
OTHER DUTIES INCLUDE;
To undertake or supervise the personal care of service users, food preparation meals, maintain personal hygiene, administer & prompt medication and light general household tasks.
Ensure service users retain individuality and personal dignity by promoting high standards of care and encouraging independence where appropriate.
Ensure that different cultural needs are catered for sensitively.
To respect the confidential nature of the work.
To provide direct care to service users as circumstances require.
To attend meetings and training courses as required.
Contribute to an effective system of communication within the team, by discussion and regular team meetings.
Working with the elderly (formal or informal) desirable
An ability to handle emergency situations
Effective verbal communication skills
Good interpersonal skills
A good knowledge of equal opportunities
Ability to work as a team member
Ability to work under own initiative
A detailed understanding of other cultures and some familiarity with diversity
Basic numeracy & literacy skills essential
Use of own vehicle is essential
Previous experience working in Homecare setting
Relevant NVQ or similar qualifications
Understanding elderly health issues
Must be caring and kind as well as have patience due to the nature of this role.
AREAS COVERED: LUTON & SURROUNDING AREAS
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary, and Permanent
Salary: £8.50 to £13.00 /hour
Homecare: 6months to 1 year
Full UK Driving Licence (essential)
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