Family Care Partner Job Description

Broad Function

The primary purpose of this position is to provide individualized support, assistance and therapeutic program for each resident to enable optimal functioning and preserve existing skills.

The Specialized Resident Assistant is responsible and accountable to insure the safety & well-being of assigned residents. He/She supports the residents in fulfilling daily living activities and engages the residents in therapeutic programs.

The Specialized Resident Assistant serves as a member of the interdisciplinary team and is specially trained in the supportive care of persons with dementia.

Essential Functions

Administrative Functions

  1. Record all entries related to Resident care in an informative & descriptive manner in the communication log.
  2. Report all accidents & incidents observed in the shift that they occur.
  3. Use only authorized abbreviations established by this facility when recording information.
  4. Report all changes in Resident’s condition to the Nurse Supervisor as soon as practical.

Admissions, Transfers, & Discharge Functions

  1. Ensure that the Resident’s room is ready for receiving the resident.
  2. Greet and escort Resident to their room as requested.
  3. Introduce Resident to his/her neighbors and other personnel as appropriate.
  4. Make Resident comfortable; provide support, direction and reassurance.
  5. Assure that the Resident’s personal possessions are inventoried and labeled.
  6. Assist the Resident in unpacking and getting settled in their room.
  7. Assist Residents with packing their personal possessions in the event of discharge.

Personnel Functions

  1. Follow work assignments & schedules in completing & performing assigned tasks.
  2. Perform all assigned tasks in accordance with policy & procedures & as instructed by supervisor.
  3. Notify the facility when late or absent from work.
  4. Report all complaints & grievances.
  5. Cooperate with all staff to assure the needs of the Residents are met.
  6. Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest & positive emphasis as well as a calm environment throughout the facility.
  7. Meet with staff on a regularly scheduled basis to assist in identifying and correcting problems; improving services.

Personal Care Functions

  1. Employ a supportive approach to Resident care to ENABLE the Resident to function as independently as possible.
  2. Participate in and review 24-hour report upon reporting for duty.
  3. Supervise and assist as needed with daily dental & mouth care.
  4. Supervise and assist as needed with bathing functions.
  5. Supervise and assist as needed with dressing and undressing.
  6. Supervise and assist as needed with hair care and nail care.
  7. Supervise and assist as needed with shaving.
  8. Supervise and assist as needed with bowel and bladder functions.
  9. Insure Residents are clean, dry and well-groomed.
  10. Supervise and assist Resident in making bed and changing linen.
  11. Maintain intake and output records as instructed.
  12. Follow policy & procedures related to exposure to blood/body fluids.
  13. Escort Residents as needed to appointments & activities.
  14. Answer Residents calls promptly.
  15. Perform restorative & rehabilitative procedures as developed on care plan.
  16. Measure and record temperatures, pulse & respirations as instructed.
  17. Weigh and measure Residents as instructed.
  18. Provide post-mortem care as instructed.
  19. Employ daily Quality Assurance procedures to ensure Resident personal care needs are being met.
  20. Report concerns, progress to Nurse Supervisor.

Programming Functions

  1. Supervise and monitor Resident’s whereabouts at all times.
  2. Redirect unsafe wandering into meaningful exercise & activity.
  3. Provide resources to stimulate & engage Residents in individual activities.
  4. Plan and implement activity programs daily to address interests and needs of Residents.
  5. Engage Residents in “community” tasks as appropriate.
  6. Employ behavior management techniques as needed to modify difficult behavior.
  7. Validate, reassure & redirect Residents if distressed to insure comfort and well-being.
  8. Supervise and assist Residents with room upkeep, personal laundry and “community housekeeping”.
  9. Perform other functions as necessary and directed.

Safety and Sanitation

  1. Notify Supervisor and Administrator of any resident leaving/missing from the facility.
  2. Watch for and report any change in room temperature, ventilation, lighting, etc.
  3. Keep floors dry. Resolve spills immediately.
  4. Report any violations of no-smoking policy and resolve immediately.
  5. Report all hazardous conditions and equipment to Nurse Supervisor or team leader.
  6. Follow established safety precautions in performing all duties.
  7. Report all safety violations.
  8. Redirect Residents from unsafe area.
  9. Before leaving work area, store all tools, equipment and supplies.
  10. Wash hands before and after Resident care.
  11. Clean, disinfect and return all Resident care equipment to its designated storage area after use.
  12. Perform housekeeping duties in Resident’s rooms.
  13. Report any communicable or infectious disease that you contact to the Nurse Supervisor.
  14. Implement routine Quality Assurance procedures as directed.

Equipment and Supply Functions

  1. Use only the equipment you have been trained to use.
  2. Operate all equipment in a safe manner.
  3. Use only the equipment and supplies necessary to do the job.
  4. Report defective equipment to Nurse Supervisor.
  5. Inform Supervisor of equipment and supply needs.

Care Plan Functions

  1. Participate in the development and implementation of Resident care plans as requested.
  2. Report and record changes in Resident’s functioning and modify the Resident care plan as indicated.
  3. Develop informative, descriptive progress reports for each Resident as indicated.

Resident Rights

  1. Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information.
  2. Ensure that you treat all Residents fairly, and with kindness, dignity and respect.
  3. Ensure that all care is provided in privacy.
  4. Knock before entering a Resident’s room.
  5. Report all grievances and complaints made by the Residents and/or their family to the Nurse Supervisor.

Working Conditions

  1. Sits, stands, bends, lifts and moves intermittently during working hours.
  2. Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  3. Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
  4. Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset Residents, family members, personnel, and visitors.
  5. Communicates with other department personnel.
  6. Works beyond normal working hours, on weekends and holidays; and in other positions temporarily, when necessary.
  7. Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.
  8. Is subject to falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the work day.
  9. Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.

Education

  1. Must possess, as a minimum, high school diploma or equivalency.

Experience

  1. May possess certification of training from a New York State Department of Health approved training program.
  2. Must possess documented evidence of participation in inservice programming related to: behavior management, validation therapy and supportive care of dementia residents.

Specific Requirements

  1. Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  2. Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
  3. Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel; residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
  4. Must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.
  5. Must possess the ability and willingness to work harmoniously with professional and non-professional personnel.
  6. Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.
  7. Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing practices.
  8. Must be able to relate information concerning a resident’s condition.

Physical & Sensory Requirements – With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices.

  1. Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day.
  2. Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
  3. Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
  4. Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to assure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
  5. Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, and support agencies.
  6. Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
  7. Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and , at times, hostile people within the facility.
  8. Must be able to lift, push, pull and move a minimum of 50 pounds. If ever out with back injury, when returning to work, wear a Back Belt while on duty.
  9. Must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents.

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