Caregiver/Personal Care Attendant

  • Position Purpose

The Caregiver/Personal Care Attendant performs services for the client as necessary to maintain the personal comfort of the client. The Caregiver/Personal Care Attendant reports directly to the Agency Director.

  • Principle Accountabilities:

  1. Understand and adhere to information and precautions contained in individual client’s Home Plan of Care.

  2. Assist the client with personal care activities including: bathing, skin care, hair care, nail care (excluding clipping), dressing and undressing, feeding, oral hygiene, shaving, (excluding razors), grooming and bedtime care.

  3. Assist the client to the bathroom or in use of urinal or bedpan. Keep incontinent clients clean and dry

  4. Assist the client with client’s self-administration of medications.

  5. Assist with meal planning, purchase of food and meal preparation.

  6. Provide assistance with laundry, dusting, vacuuming, bed linens, cleaning of floors, refrigerator and stove.

  7. Assist the client with personal communication skills, as needed.

  8. Maintains confidentiality of all client information in accordance with procedures.

  9. Maintains security of residence according to established procedures, including lights, locking doors, securing garage and guidelines regarding visitors.

  10. Prepare appropriate documentation of the client care or services furnished.

  11. Report all client and employee incidents/accidents to supervisor immediately.

  12. Assist the client utilizing proper body mechanics consistently, transfers and ambulates client in a safe manner.

  13. Ensure maintenance of a clean, safe, comfortable and healthy environment for the client.

  14. Observe safety precautions, including: wiping up wet floors, spills and other falling hazards immediately. Also, report safety hazards, frayed electrical cords, unsecured handrails, malfunctioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors/alarms, defective equipment or environmental hazards to supervisor on the same day of observation.

  15. Engage in respectful social interaction with client, including friendly conversation and empathic support, as well as, respecting client’s privacy and property.

  16. Exhibit positive attitude and behavior and demonstrate respect for employees and clients and maintain absolute confidentiality of all information pertaining to clients, client’s families and employees.

  17. Respond and attend to client’s requests promptly.

  18. Communicate effectively with all members of the team.

  19. Maintain proper hand washing techniques.

  20. Participate in educational programs as required.

  21. Understand the importance of seeking assistance, as needed, from your supervisor and/or others; demonstrate capability and dependability in following instructions.

  22. Communicates with supervisor regarding client’s status, maintenance or supplies and personnel issues, concerns or suggestions.

  23. Follows emergency procedures and contacts appropriate medical and/or emergency services.

  24. Evacuates client from the residence safely and rapidly if necessary, in an emergency.

  25. Understand that regular, consistent attendance is necessary to serve clients.

  26. Accept and fulfill assignments with the Agency; exercise judgment in accepting assignments.

  27. Perform related duties and responsibilities as deemed appropriate by the management team.

  28. Use and disclose confidential health information only in connection with and for the purpose of performing my assigned duties.

  29. Request, obtain or communicate confidential health information only as necessary to perform my assigned duties and shall refrain from requesting, obtaining or communicating more confidential health information than is necessary to accomplish my assigned duties.

  30. Take reasonable care to properly secure confidential health information on my computer and will take steps to ensure that others cannot view or access such information. When I am away from my workstation or when my tasks are completed, I will log off my computer or use a password-protected screensaver in order to prevent access by unauthorized users.

  31. Do not disclose my personal password(s) to anyone without the express written permission of my department head or record or post it in an accessible location and will refrain from performing any tasks using another's password.

  32. Document all disclosures of confidential health information, including those authorized by clients of Avenue Home Care and any accidental disclosures, in the appropriate client’s file.

  33. Do not explore any personal items/information of the clients’ without written permission from the client.

  • Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Essential Functions:

  • Six months related experience and/or training is required

  • Ability to read, write, and comprehend simple instructions

  • Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers, and multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s.

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions

  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

  • Ability to stand, walk and sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and walk up and down stairs.

  • Applicant/Employee Acknowledgment:

I have read the Job Description of the Caregiver/Personal Care Attendant, and I understand the Principal Accountabilities and Requirements. I hereby acknowledge the expectations of the position and will perform the Principal Accountabilities and requirements to the best of my ability.



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