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Health Aide

Location:New York, NY
Employment Type:Full Time
Department/Program:Respite Program
Description:Comunilife's innovative  Social/Medical Respite Program is a short-term residential program for  patients who are currently hospitalized, are medically cleared for discharge but do not have suitable housing.  The program’s goal is to reduce preventable re-hospitalizations and emergency room visits by providing a safe and temporary bed for the patient to complete their recovery.  While in the Respite Program, patients are able to access medical and mental health care along with other supportive services.  The Respite team works diligently with the patient to ensure medical/mental health linkages are maintained and develop a tailored Housing Plan for the patient that will result in successful housing placement within 90 days from the patient's admission to the Respite Program.  This is a very exciting time for the Respite program and expansion is currently in development as hospitals and managed care companies see the value, cost efficiency and patient benefits of our Respite program.  


The Health Aide provides assistance in daily living and personal care services to meet patient’s needs. Under the supervision of the Senior Director of Programs, the Home Health Aide will provide routine personalized care.  
● Observe, monitor and record patient condition. Including physical and mental condition, exercise, as well as intake and output  
● Notify care team and clinical supervisor of changing or unusual conditions  
● Assist in personal care by maintaining hygiene regimens such as bathing, toileting, dressing and grooming  
● Support patients by providing housekeeping, laundry services, shopping for food, preparing and serving meals, running errands and other household requirements  
● Educate patients on how to care for themselves by teaching them how to properly use a cane/ walker, self-administration of medication, special utensils to eat and equipment for personal hygiene, as necessary  
● Maintain and keep patients living area clean and orderly  
● Advise on nutrition. Follow prescribed dietary requirements and nutrition standards  
● Follow plan of care and assist in exercise  
● Assist in the escorting of patients outside of the facility 
● Perform range of motion and other simple extensional therapy services  
● Identify new recreational opportunities or activities to help patients remain active  
● Maintain strong working relationships with patient to maintain trust  
● Maintain a safe, secure and healthy patient environment by following security precautions  
● Adhere to Comunilife professional standards, home care policies and procedures  
Qualifications:Education and Experience Requirement(s):  
● High School Diploma or GED  
● CPR, First Aid and Crisis Prevention certification  
● At least one-year experience providing home health aide services. Experience supporting individuals with disabilities, mental illnesses or challenging behaviors  
● At least one-year experience with utilizing electronic medical record systems  
● One year of relevant community-based residential management or social service agency experience  
● Bilingual in Spanish preferred  
 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  
● Knowledge of basic medical skills and tasks, relevant trainings presented by NYSDOH  
● Knowledge of New York State Home Care Curriculum, laws, regulations, and codes essential  
● Ability to access patients’ vitals and properly document ● Ability to work with integrity, demonstrative compassion and pay attention to detail  
● Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written Spanish is highly desirable  
● Proficiency with office software including PowerPoint or other presentation software  
● Works effectively as a team member with other members of department and agency leaders  

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