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Full Time $10 – 15/hr Starts 10/08 Indianapolis, IN
COMPANY SUMMARY: If you have a passion for directly helping people and tangibly impacting their lives, Senior Home Companions could be a wonderful place for you. From connecting clients with friendship and companionship to hands-on personal care, SHC caregivers offer a full spectrum of support that allows seniors to remain in the home of their choice with purpose and dignity. Senior Home Companions is a private, local Indianapolis company (www.shcindiana.com). JOB SUMMARY: Caregivers provide personal services which meet the existing needs and/or preferences of each client as outlined in each client's service plan. Personal services are attendant care services, homemaker services and companion services. These services allow SHC's clients to maintain their independence, choice, dignity, privacy and individuality while remaining at home. Personal Services include, but are not limited to, assisting with or performing household tasks, transporting a client, escorting a client to appointments, shopping, meal planning and other related services. Caregivers work one-on-one with our clients in their own homes to provide these services. Job Responsibilities / Essential Tasks: Maintain excellent attendance and punctuality. Creates, maintains and promotes a positive atmosphere Observe clients carefully, noting and reporting any changes in condition or any other important information to supervisor. Follow established policies and procedures of agency. Perform housekeeping and laundry procedures as assigned. Follow all cleaning and laundry procedures and instructions in the use of housekeeping and laundry equipment and products. Perform meal preparation procedures as assigned. Provide quality care for all clients per AGENCY Standards. Encourage client to be active and participate in activities of choice and ADL's. Maintain a safe environment at all times, keeping hallways and walking areas free of clutter and keeping home lights on as needed for client safety as client allows Assist in making client's beds, mopping floors, cleaning toilets and showers, serving meals, laundering clothes, cleaning service areas and performing other tasks as directed. Attend staff meetings as requested. Reports all observations/changes of a client's condition to a nurse as soon as practical. Instills confidence in the client by performing duties in a competent and caring manner. Maintains confidentiality of all client's and company information. Must turn in time in an accurate and timely fashion. Must stay current on all testing and requirements related to the company's licensing. Performs assigned tasks in accordance with acceptable standards of practice as defined by state regulations. Perform other duties that may be assigned. Specific Requirements: Prefer knowledge of the aging process. Ability to work with the elderly to maximize client's independence, dignity, privacy, choice, individuality and a home-like environment. Good communication skills, both written and verbal. Ability to read, write and speak the English language. Having dependable transportation (Public or Personal) to get to each client's home. Maintain the confidentiality of all client's care information and any other personal information about the client. Ability to deal tactfully, show patience, maintain a cheerful disposition, show enthusiasm with clients, family members, visitors, outside agencies, other employees, etc., and demonstrate a willingness to handle difficult individuals, situations, etc. Exhibit understanding and supportiveness of the mission, goals and customer service philosophy of this facility. Ability and willingness to work harmoniously with other staff. Ability to report problems that arise in a prompt and professional manner. Ability to work with clients, guests and the public in a thoughtful, diplomatic and tactful manner. Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language. Must use safe work practices by following policies and procedures. Must maintain a neat appearance and follow the company's dress code. Must have patience, tact and a positive attitude, as well as the willingness to handle difficult clients /families. Essential Functions: Employees must meet the following essential functions: Must be able to: o Stand for prolonged periods o Lift more than fifty pounds occasionally o Lift 25 - 50 pounds frequently o Lift 5 - 25 pounds often Must successfully pass a Criminal History check in accordance with the laws of this state. Must successfully pass a drug screen and/or physical examination if requested. Experience: Previous experience working with the elderly in a healthcare and/or caregiver setting is preferred. knowledge of the aging process is strongly desired Experience working with clients with Alzheimer's is a plus. Education: Must possess, as a minimum, a High School diploma or GED equivalent. Certification as a CNA is preferred. Physical and Sensory Requirements: Must be able to cope with the mental, emotional and physical stress of the position. Must be able to meet all of the requirements listed below. Tools & Equipment Used: Lifts, Wheelchairs, Beds, Vital sign instruments, Linens, Computers, Gait Belts

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