Provides routine, personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing or grooming, to elderly, convalescent or disabled persons in the home of patients or in a residential care facility.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Maintains records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
- Provides patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.
- Bathes patients.
- Cares for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
- Entertains, converses with, or reads aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
- Plans, purchases, prepares, or serves meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets.
- Checks patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration.
- Provides patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adapting to disability or illness.
- Performs a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.
- Directs patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs.
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