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Title

Utility Aide 

Location Col. Robert L. Howard Veterans Home  
Position Utility Aide  
Description

Purpose:

 

To perform non-professional direct resident care duties under the supervision of nursing personnel and to assist in maintaining a positive physical, social, psychological environment for the residents.

 

Essential Functions:

 

  • Ensure that the resident's room is ready for receiving the resident (i.e., bed made, name tags up, admission kit available, etc.).
  • Greet residents and escort them to their room.
  • Introduce resident to his/her roommate, if any, and other residents and personnel as appropriate.
  • Make resident comfortable (i.e., put to bed, get water, etc.).
  • Inventory and mark the resident's personal possessions as instructed.
  • Store resident's clothing.
  • Assist residents with packing their personal possessions when they are being transferred to a new room, or when being discharged.
  • Change bed linens. Keep linens tight to avoid wrinkles from forming under the resident.
  • Make beds (occupied and unoccupied).
  • Put extra covers on beds as requested.
  • Keep residents' water pitchers clean and filled with fresh water (on each shift), and within easy reach of the resident.
  • Prepare residents for meals (i.e., take to bathroom, wash hands, comb hair, raise bed, position tables, place bibs, take to/from dining room, etc.).
  • Serve food trays. Assist with feeding as indicated (i.e., cutting foods, feeding, assist in dining room supervision, etc.).
  • Assist residents with identifying food arrangements (i.e., informing resident with sight problem of foods that are on his/her tray, where it is located, if it is hot/cold, etc.).
  • Check rooms for food articles (i.e., food in proper container, unauthorized food items)
  • Keep floors dry. Report spills immediately.
  • Ensure that you treat all residents fairly, and with kindness, dignity, and respect.
  • Knock before entering resident’s rooms.
  • Wash wheelchairs and Geri-chairs.
  • Follow established policies concerning exposure to blood/body fluids.
  • Watch for and report any change in room temperature, ventilation, lighting etc.
  • Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the unit and shift.
  • Report defective equipment to the nurse supervisor.
  • Report all grievances and complaints made by the resident to the nurse supervisor.
  • Performs other related assignments as required.

 

 

 

Work Schedule

  • As assigned, including some week-ends, evenings and Holidays.

 

Working Conditions

  • Works in well-lighted/ventilated areas.
  • Most of the work is performed indoors
  • Is subject to frequent interruptions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.
  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, etc.
  • Communicates with the medical staff, nursing staff, and other department supervisors.
  • Works beyond normal duty hours, on weekends, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary.
  • May be exposed to bodily fluids, infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including the AIDS and hepatitis B viruses.

 

Physical Requirements

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; implements or office equipment; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
  • Collect information through observation, listening, touching, and smelling.
  • Must have auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess
  • Job requires regular sitting, standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, pushing, pulling, twisting, writing, and carrying charts, food, trays, etc.
  • Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and color vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Employee may be required to move chairs, beds, and medical equipment, move patients in bed (with or without assistance).
  • Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
  • Must function independently, have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with the residents, personnel, and support agencies.
  • Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability.
  • Must be able to relate to and work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and at times hostile people within the facility.
  • May be required to lift, push, pull, and move equipment, supplies, etc., in excess of fifty (50) pounds.

 

Safety, Sanitation and Infection Controls

  • Assure the assigned work areas are maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary manner.
  • Assure that established infection control and universal precautions practices are observed.
  • Report all hazardous conditions or equipment to your supervisor.
  • Follow established safety policies and procedures.
  • Dispose of refuse daily in accordance with established sanitation procedures.
  • Keep work/assignment areas free of hazardous objects, unnecessary equipment, supplies, etc.
  • Report any accident/incident to your supervisor no matter how minor.
 
Position Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  • Must be compassionate, caring and able to have a positive attitude towards the elderly.
  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
  • Must be able to relate information concerning a resident’s condition.

 
Shift Various Shifts  
Full-Time \ Part-Time \ PRN Full-Time 

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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