|CAREGIVER OVERVIEW: The Caregiver at Spring Creek is responsible for attending to resident care needs and resident’s well-being.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Answer call lights in a timely manner (less than four (4) minutes). Read Daily Communication Log, new and updated Service Plans and Alert Charting Log. Responsible for attending to all care needs of the residents in their assigned sections, either scheduled or as they arise following resident Service Plan. Check each resident at least every meal hour. Set-up tables and assists with serving meals by bringing residents into the dining room and taking orders. Chart any unusual incident or information needing to be passed on to the Resident Care Coordinator, Registered Nurse or Med Aide on the Communication Log. Report any emergencies to the person in charge. Knowledge of proper transfer techniques and body mechanics to transfer residents with appropriate assistance (gait belt, transfer board, Hoyer Lift, Camel). Contact with residents families and prospective residents. Take vital signs. MED AIDES
OVERVIEW: The Caregiver’s duties and responsibilities also are inclusive of duties and responsibilities of the Medication Aide. The Medication Aide is responsible for medications, treatments and resident care duties as assigned by the Resident Care Coordinator. This position administers medications according to acceptable standards. The Medication Aide acts under the guidance and delegation of a licensed Registered Nurse. If appropriate, answers questions of residents and their family members. Ensures the medication area is kept clean. Also responsible to ensure that the next shift has a responsible and qualified staff member on duty to administer resident medications. RESPONSIBLITIES: Administers medication and treatments as assigned within the scope of practice. Morning, afternoon, and evening medications, staying with each resident until the medication is consumed, then charts appropriately. Maintains up keep and cleanliness of medication carts and medication room, wipes down top of medication cart daily. Keeps the medication cart stocked appropriately. Responsible for recording and / or restocking of medications from pharmacy after receiving proper instructions. Responsible for locking and storing narcotics (according to protocol) until turned over to pharmacy. Maintains accurate, complete and confidential resident medication and care records. Documents any and all changes in Communication Log along with giving a brief report to on-coming Medication Aide. Immediately report signs of resident changes to supervisor or Executive Director. Fills out Incident Report for resident and / or personnel when an incident occurs on shift. Takes and records vital signs as ordered and otherwise when necessary, i.e., monthly or daily as instructed by supervisor. Notifies a supervisor at once if noting any adverse reaction of medication on resident or awareness of medication error. Resident Care Coordinator, Nurse, or Executive Director any changes in resident physical or mental status. Communicates, as needed, with physicians, families, and other appropriate parties concerning resident status, change in status, need for appointment, etc. Fills in Caregiver responsibilities as needed.