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Lead Universal Care Partner in Bloomfield, CT at Duncaster LifeCare Retirement Community

Date Posted: 6/3/2018

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Job Description

The primary purpose of the Lead Universal Care Partner is to work collaboratively as part of a household team to create an environment that encourages resident involvement and personal growth.  The Lead Universal Care Partner will set the example of what is expected in the Dogwood neighborhood  and follow all Duncaster policy.   Under the supervision of a  nurse, the primary responsibilities of this position include delivery of exceptional nursing care in a household environment, assistance with the delivery of an overall dining experience and the collaborative evaluation, assessment and implementation of programming that will mirror normal life activities of residents (to include the upkeep and management of personal living space) mental and emotionally engage their interest and assist them in recapturing the value of normal community life.  A Lead Universal Care Partner will performs all job responsibilities according to Duncaster's Policies & Procedures.

Lead Responsibilities:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before shift to ensure that rooms are clean and clutter-free
  • Review staffing for the day and make the assignments based on staffing. Assist other Care Partners with getting their assignments completed
  • Bring issues to charge nurse or nurse manager’s attention. Bring new ideas to the nurse management team that will help to improve care on the neighborhood
  • Act as mentors for new hires and provide constructive feedback to the new hire
  • Provide on-the-job training for new, rehired, and existing employees
  • Observe and monitor Care Partners assignment
  • Provide input to Charge Nurse regarding assignments
  • Provide feedback to nurse supervisor for evaluations on Care Partners

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Provide exceptional person centered care in a household environment.
  • Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis" as well as "a calm environment throughout the household.
  • Review the resident's plan of care with the charge nurse with any new assignment, changes or when in need of additional explanation or teaching.
  • Provide personal hygiene (bath, shower, shampoo, assistance with elimination needs, dressing, or other personal care to include shaving and finger nail clipping) as directed by the plan of care.
  • Perform safe transfers and assists with ambulation safety using assistive devices such as cane, walker, wheelchair, mechanical chairs, etc.
  • Takes vital signs as per plan of care; reports any change of condition to charge nurse.
  • Competency is using electronic medical record system.
  • Cue residents for medication according to plan of care.  If medications are in locked bag or box, opens and assists resident to take.  Reports any missed or refused medications to charge nurse.
  • Complete all required documentation both in the resident's apartment/room as well as any other form such as safety check tracking or as needed for billing.
  • Assessment and implementation of programming that will mirror normal life activities of residents (to include the upkeep and management of personal living space) mental and emotionally engage their interest and assist them in recapturing the value of normal community life.
  • Assist residents with meals, including food preparation as needed, monitor dining room, assist in serving, assist with menu selection and submit menus to dining services.
  • Complete basic household chores to include making bed, laundry, trash removal, washing dishes, checking refrigerator for spoiled food, etc.
  • Prepare residents for appointments and assist with transportation within the community; accompany to outside appointments as needed.
  • Respond to "call for aid" as directed by the charge nurse or other person in charge.
  • Utilize standard precautions at all times and report a potential exposure or hazardous condition to charge nurse.
  • Complete all required education programs and complete at least 8 hours of dementia education annually.
  • Demonstrate skills specific to providing care to residents affected by dementia.

 

Job Requirements

  • Current State of Connecticut certification as a Home Health Aide, preferred or a Certified Nursing Assistant.
  • Must be eligible for Certified Nursing Assistant registration in the State of Connecticut.
  • Must have the ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Must have a high school education or equivalent preferable.
  • Must be able to safely perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Must have certification in Serve Safe handler.
  • Must have a minimum 5 years of experience working with dementia residents.

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