Homemaker/Companion

Companions provide service to individuals in their own homes and communities who need assistance caring for themselves as a result of old age, sickness, disability and/or other inflictions. Home care may include light housecleaning, laundry, meal preparation, transportation, companionship, respite and advice on such things as nutrition, cleanliness and household activities. They are responsible for ensuring that service is delivered in a caring and respectful manner, in accordance with relevant Agency policies and industry standards.

Responsibilities/Activities:

. Provide companionship, friendship and emotional support.
. Talk, listen, share experiences, play games/cards, read to client etc.
. Help keep clients in contact with family, friends and the outside world.
. Provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery store and errands.
. Accompany clients to recreational and/or social events.
. Assist with plans for visits and outings.
. Write or type letters/correspondence.
. Organize and read mail.
. Plan trips and outings and possibly travel with clients.
. Teach/perform meal planning and preparation.
. Perform light housekeeping.
. Participate on the Care Team by providing input and making suggestions.
. Ensure service is delivered in accordance with Agency policies, procedures and industry standards.
. Monitor supplies and resources.
. Evaluate the program and make recommendations, as indicated.
. Follow the written care plan.
. Assist in basic client transfers providing the client has been assessed as being capable of ambulating without assistance; and/or, providing another trained caregiver (including family) is involved in the transfer.
. Carry out duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
. Observe the client's functioning and report to Supervisor.
. Complete and maintain records of daily activities, observations, and direct hours of service.
. Develop and maintain constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.
. Make decisions and solve problems.
. Assist with pet care.
. Communicate with Supervisor and co-workers.
. Attend orientation, in-service training sessions and staff meetings.

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