Personal Care Associate (PCA) FT & PT

The personal care associate (PCA) focuses their efforts supporting residents with daily activities to support their personal hygiene, socialization, cognition, spiritual being and physical health. PCAs encourage independence, support resident choice and preserve resident dignity through their professional manner, interactions and teamwork.
Routine Functions of the Position:
Practices responsible teamwork as evidenced by openly communicating with coworkers, participation in facility meetings, commitment to workgroup's efforts to improve operations or resolve problems and a willingness to lend assistance to other campus co-workers.
Provides residents with assistance for personal needs according to RASP. Resident needs may include, but not limited to: toileting, bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility, transport, dining, and simple treatments.
Practices patience, compassion, and empathy in all interactions with all residents.
Understands the importance of the PCA role in improving resident Quality of Life through personal care, activities, and daily interactions.
Promotes social and emotional support as needed and according to the RASP. These actions include prompt response to calls for assistance, sensitivity to resident needs for privacy and socialization, encouragement and direct assistance to participate in activities, appointment reminders, and encouragement for the resident to be as independent as possible.
Interacts and communicates with resident and residents' family members in a manner that shows respect and promotes confidence in meeting their expectations. Refers family members to nurse or supervisor for service / care concerns.
Consistently utilizes Standard Precautions and follows infection control procedures as indicated.
Observes for and informs supervisor/shift leader promptly about any changes in resident health or behavior or condition or needs.
Promptly reports unusual events, suspicion of abuse or neglect, and/or emergency situations.
Participates in the planning of customer service needs by providing updates on each resident's physical, social, cognitive, and spiritual health.
Assists residents with dining. May include but not limited to assisting with food selection, and serving beverages and food. Promotes pleasant and inviting dining environment and encourages social interaction among residents.
Completes resident laundry in a thorough and organized manner as scheduled.
Reports maintenance needs promptly. Takes all appropriate safety precautions to minimize risk of injury to resident, self and other co-workers.
Consistently practices proper body mechanics and safe handling techniques and demonstrates proper use of a gait belt when assisting residents.
Fulfills Providence Place and regulatory requirements for annual and all continuing education programs, including validation training as scheduled.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Requirements Specific to Connections:
Completes Validation Associate Course within the first 6 months of employment and integrates Validation techniques into daily practice to help resolve resident behavioral situations.
Participates in the Connections activity program as needed. PCAs may lead small groups; support larger activities lead by activity staff; participate in outings with residents, and become an essential part of the Connections program.
Practices patience, compassion, and empathy in all interactions with Connections residents.
Understands the importance of the PCA role in improving resident Quality of Life through personal care, activities, and daily interactions.
Participates in continuing education programs to meet regulatory requirements and to promote a greater understanding of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
Critical Success Factors:
Successful completion of the mandatory state Medication Assistance Course and related training.
Maintains up-to-date medication certification requirements.
Successfully completes e-MAR training.
Compassionate and empathetic in personal interactions.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Basic computer skills, including use of e-mail.
Highly organized.
Self-supervising and self-motivating with willingness to cooperate and to work as a team member.
Adaptable and flexible.
Exhibits organizational and problem solving skills, including the ability to handle multiple demands / tasks concurrently.
Work Environment:
Stand / walk up to eleven (11) hours a day.
Sit up to four hours a day.
Frequently support up to 70 pounds.
Occasionally lift / carry up to 50 pounds.
Frequently kneel, bend, squat, climb and reach.
Push / pull up to 100 pounds.
Secure proper assistance for transferring and lifting of residents as needed.
Workplace includes the entire building excluding the attic.
Minimum Qualifications:
Prior direct care experience preferred.
High school diploma or GED.
Current CPR and first aid.

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