Health Care Assistant

Premier Care (Plymouth) LTD
15 Mar 2017
22 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Job Description

Role Overview

  • To enable and / or assist individuals to remain in the community, to be supported and maintained safely in their own homes and thereby enhance the quality of life
  • Encouraging people's individuality and independence
  • Supporting individuals to maintain relationships with neighbours, the neighbourhood and familiar activities and surroundings, providing social contact, especially for people who live alone
  • Assisting other home care assistants and professionals to provide care for the people you support
  • Being the face of 'care in the community' and acting as Premier Care's representative

Main Duties & Responsibilities

1. To visit nominated Service Users, at times directed by the Care Supervisors and management.

2. To be particularly vigilant for signs of distress or anxiety in individuals; any deterioration in physical and /or mental health, or safety of the environment, and to report these as a matter of urgency to the service manager or care supervisor

3. To carry out all tasks in a way that demonstrates respect for the privacy, dignity and value of all users, irrespective of severity or disability or personal circumstances.

4. To summon appropriate assistance in an emergency. All actions should sustain, support and enhance the independence of individuals, as specified in their care plan.

5. Personal Care - (only where specified on the care plan and subject to appropriate review):

?? Assist people in/out of bed, chairs, etc., using agreed procedures

?? Assist people in turning to relieve pressure areas

?? Assist people in (un)dressing, care of aids and personal equipment (hearing aids, glasses, dentures, prosthesis, etc)

?? Assist people in all aspects of personal hygiene, i.e. washing, shaving, showering etc

?? Assist Service Users in feeding

?? Assist individuals to access toilet facilities, emptying commodes and disposal of incontinence materials

?? Using agreed health and safety procedures

?? Encourage individuals to maximise their own abilities and skills

6. Domestic - Where directed, maintain cleanliness of individuals home, to meet with health and safety requirements and:

?? Light fires or operate other sources of warmth

?? Where appropriate home facilities are available, launder and iron clothes and/or bed linen

?? Undertake essential shopping, payment of bills

?? Where directed prepare or reheat meals provided and/or demonstrate to individuals

7. Encourage people to take part in social activities and develop relationships and support networks which includes

?? Support people to maintain and develop relationships with friends and relatives (where directed)

?? Support individuals to take part in meaningful activities at home and in the community (where directed)

?? Develop and maintain personal contact with individuals through talking and listening

?? Provide support as part of a caring team, liaising with informal carers, other agencies or professionals as necessary

?? Collaboration with other agencies i.e. social workers, speech & language therapists, behavioural advisors etc

?? Assist the management to maintain good relationships with others involved in the care of individuals, i.e. Community Nurses, Social Workers, G.P's, etc., as part of a caring team.

8. General Duties, which include:

?? As required maintain accurate, legible, record and submit them on a regular basis to the manager

?? Participate in the Electronic Call Monitoring system as appropriate

?? Maintain confidentiality at all times

?? Advise individuals of the complaints procedures (where appropriate)

?? Participate in all training courses, including the Care Certificate and Diploma Level 2 in Health and Social Care

?? Comply with legal requirements

?? Participate in meetings as appropriate and attend regular supervision sessions

?? Any other duties reasonably falling within the scope of the post

?? Be committed and promote Premier Care's Diversity & Equality Policy and Procedures in relation to both service provision and employment issues

Company Description Premier Care (Plymouth) Ltd provides support and care services for individuals who have learning disabilities, individuals who have physical disabilities, older people with learning disabilities, people with sensory loss and individuals who may have related mental health problems and complex needs.