The companion/sitter is a non-professional employee, trained to provide companion and sitter related services.
- Be able to read and write, follow verbal and written instructions, and complete written reports and documents.
- Successfully complete training or demonstrate understanding and practical competency in the following areas: understanding the needs and characteristics of elderly, handicapped, or convalescing individuals; meal preparation and serving; transportation and escort services; housekeeping to include sanitation; home safety; handling medical emergencies in the home; and infection control.
- Selected on the basis of such factors as: an interest in people, tact, a history of emotional stability, dependability in employment, neatness in appearance and practices, good personal hygiene, and good judgment.
- Gives emotional support and encouragement during period of loneliness, depressions, bereavement, etc.
- Performs routine housekeeping tasks that are required.
- Cares for clothing, washing, ironing, and mending.
- Records observation and signs each entry on the appropriate form for each visit made.
- Communicates on a weekly basis or more often as necessary with his/her supervisor.
- Immediately reports emergency situations by phone to supervisor or agency office.
- Confirms on a weekly basis the scheduling of visits with the Supervisor/Director in order to coordinate necessary visits with other personnel.
- Notifies the Agency of absences due to illness, emergency leave, normal vacation periods, or special professional meetings that will affect service with the Agency.
- Must have a car with required insurance coverage and a state driver’s license or reliable transportation.
- Attention to Detail: Some clients have specific rules or schedules that must be minded, or specific rules that must be followed.
- Interpersonal Skills: Caregivers work in a very personal way with their clients. Some will be in pain or very sensitive to their fragility.
- Caregivers must be sensitive and compassionate with clients.
- Stamina: Caregivers might need to lift clients into the bathtub, cars and into bed, and need strength.
TIME MANAGEMENT: Caregivers are schedule keepers. Caregivers have to be there to make sure clients get up on time, make sure medication is taken on schedule and clients get to appointments on time.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE MUST HAVE:
- 1 + years of experience as a CHHA
- A love for our senior communities
- Good English and communication skills
- Ability to perform in a household setting (light housekeeping, meals prep, etc)
- A compassionate and upbeat attitude
- Own transportation and flexibility to work different hours and locations.
- Able to communicate verbally and in writing to the extent required by the position
- Able to physically perform the duties required by the position
- Able to travel to prospective clients’ residences