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  • Home Health Aide - Hospice - Per diem

    Job Locations US-MA-Dedham
    Job ID
    Home Care
  • Overview

    Hospice Aides often spend more time with the patient than anyone else on the team, providing hands-on care to frail patients near the end of their lives. This is an extraordinary opportunity to have a deeply meaningful impact on patients’ quality of life and to know that your work is making a positive difference.


    Dedham, Canton and Brookline areas needed


    • Provides personal care services to Hospice and Home Care patients as prescribed by the physician and in compliance with the state's nurse practice act, Federal Regulations and any other regulations defining Massachusetts’s Hospice Aide services.
    • Gives emotional and physical support to terminally ill individuals and their families/significant others. Assists in improving the terminally ill individual's quality of life during the final stage of life.
    • Offers respite care to the families and significant others who are caring for terminally ill individuals in the home.
    • Maintains and promotes the independence of the patient and family and assists in maintaining a safe, healthful environment.
    • Exhibits kindness, gentleness, and respect to patients and families at every visit.
    • Participates in the Hospice Interdisciplinary Group (IDG) meetings as appropriate.
    • Assists with personal care activities including:
      • Baths (tub, showers, bed, bath)
      • Mouth care, denture care, skin care, foot care
      • Grooming (shampoo, dry and comb hair; shave, ordinary care of nails)
      • Transferring (bed to chair, to wheelchair, to tub, to shower)
      • Dressing and undressing activities
      • Ambulation
      • Turning patient in bed and positioning for comfort
    • Assists with household tasks directly essential to the patient's health, including:
      • Planning and preparing meals
      • Assisting in feeding patient if appropriate
      • Light housekeeping of patient's immediate environment
      • Changing linen, making bed
      • Laundering of patient's clothing and bedding
    • Measures and records oral, rectal, axillary temperatures, pulse, respiration and blood pressure when ordered (within the training limitations of the aide).
    • Meets safety needs of patients including safe use of equipment (foot stools, side rails, step stools, wheelchairs, oxygen, etc.)
    • Performs range of motion and other simple procedures as an extension of therapy services as ordered (within the training limitations of the aide).
    • Assists the patient in self-administration of medication, i.e., reminding the patients to take their medications.
    • Performs or assists patients to perform activities in accordance with the personal services care plan, such as change ostomy appliances, reinforce or change simple non-sterile dressings, measure intake or output, external catheter care, and any other tasks as taught and supervised by the RN and in adherence to state/federal regulations.
    • Accurately documents services provided in accordance with Hospice policies and procedures on the day services are rendered. Submits documentation in a timely manner.
    • Cares for individuals who are recovering from surgery or are living with acute/chronic illness.
    • Assists and supports clients through changes in health status with a goal of improving independence and home safety.
    • Participates in staff development programs as appropriate for home health aides. Assumes personal responsibility to participate in discipline appropriate education to meet the annual education requirements (12 hours/12 months).


    • Completion of state recognized and federally compliant training program and/or competency evaluation and at least six-months experience as a Home Health Aide.
    • Compliant with in-service regulations and requirements.
    • Must be able to function in a practice environment with minimal direct supervision, accepting personal responsibility for maintaining a professional relationship with the Hospice's patients and their families.
    • Ability to meet Home Care & Hospice's conditions of employment regarding health clearance, and provision of references.
    • Transports self to patient's home/facility, may be in multiple locations in a workday.
    • Requires access to a reliable vehicle and a valid Massachusetts Drivers License.


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