This level of care supports and maintains individuals in their place of residence by providing RCA I support services and assistance with personal “hands on” care. Clients who require RCA II caregivers are able to participate in their personal care activities, however due to the aging process or disability they require assistance. RCA II care is provided by a Personal Care Assistant/Attendant Caregiver/Home Care Aide with demonstrated competencies in all personal care duties of a Certified Nurse Aide.
Education and Experience:
1. Must have a minimum of one year of work experience which is verifiable through references, and must complete Relative Care’s employment process.
2. Must be at least 18 years of age.
3. Must be physically able to perform the duties of the position.
4. Must exhibit mature, responsible behavior, and understand the need for patient confidentiality.
5. Must be able to read, write, understand and speak English.
6. Must be able to follow direction and accurately report to the RN Supervisor any change in client’s condition.
7. Must have available reliable transportation to and from assignments.
8. Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Must have a valid driver's license, car insurance and own a vehicle.
1. Assists with personal hygiene:
· Assist with activities of daily living—grooming, bathing, dressing, and toileting.
· Assist with shaving using an electric or safety razor only.
· Assist with nail care. Assistance may include soaking of nails, pushing back of cuticles without utensils and filing of nails. Caregivers may not trim or clip nails. Nail care should not be provided to clients with a medical condition that might involve peripheral circulatory problems or loss of sensation.
· Assists with application of support stockings that can be purchased without a physician’s prescription. At this level, caregivers may not assist with an application of an Ace bandage, anti-embolic or other pressure stockings that must be purchased with a physician prescription.
2. Assist with feeding client providing the client can still independently swallow and be positioned upright.
1. Assist with general skin care when skin is unbroken and when any chronic skin problems are not active. Skin care should be preventive rather than therapeutic in nature. Caregivers may apply non-medicated lotions and solutions that do not require a physician’s prescription.
2. Assists with mobility:
· Assist with turning and positioning client when the client is able to identify verbally, non-verbally or through another means, when the position needs to be changed.
· Assist with pivot transfers that do not require adaptive equipment.
· Assist with ambulation (i.e. stand by assistance, adaptive equipment set-up).
· Reminds and encourages physical therapy, daily exercise or active range of motion.
3. Assists with elimination with client direction:
· Assist with emptying or changing external urinary bags.
· Assist with emptying ostomy bags.
4. Assists with medications—Assist with medication compliance by providing timely medication reminders and observing the client taking medications. Medication must be pre-dosed by the client, client’s family, client’s legal representative or licensed professional.
5. Any medication non-compliance should be reported to Agency supervisor.
6. Assists client with blood sugar checks such as, opening containers, handing client supplies. Caregiver cannot perform the procedure.
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