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Home Support Worker

A Home Support Worker provides personalized care and support to individuals in the Home Care Program. Home Support Workers enable individuals to live at home rather than in a health care institution.

The purpose of a Home Support Worker is to provide personalized care and support to clients in the Home Care Program by assisting with activities of daily living (ADL), Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), respite services, and designated nursing functions in accordance with the philosophy and objectives of the to ensure the continued health, safety, comfort and independence of clients.

Clients of the Home Care Program are usually individuals who require on-going care that can be provided in their homes. These clients include but are not limited to long-term convalescent, geriatric, surgical or medical patients, and individuals with chronic disabling conditions, who live in their home and require scheduled treatment, care and/or support. The clients' care requirements are stable.

The HSW is a member of a multidisciplinary team who provides direct personalized care to residents who have care needs that are well defined. The HSW acts as a client's advocate and facilitates communication between the client, family, and other health care professionals. As a member of the multidisciplinary team, the HSW is an integral member of a holistic approach to planning, organizing, teaching and relationship development that best meets the needs of clients.

The HSW ensures client's safety and comfort, maintains personal hygiene, facilitates physical activity, and promotes the independence and mental well being of the client in a respectful and compassionate manner.

Responsibilities of a Home Support Worker:

1. To provide individualized health care to clients of the Home Care Program to ensure the continued health, safety, comfort and independence of clients.

2. To ensure the continued health and well being of all clients by ensuring that the clients have timely access to all activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living as identified in client's care plans.

3. To perform administrative functions that contribute to the day-to-day operation of the Home Care Program.

4. To actively contribute to the mental, spiritual, psychological and social well being of residents as member of the Home Care clients' care team

Main Activities of a HSW:

  • Record accurate signs and symptoms and history of illness or injury (where, when, how) and chart all treatments provided.
  • Assess a client's change in medical condition, noting full details of the change such as but not limited to temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration, skin condition, location and severity of pain, and general condition (i.e. restlessness, anxious, aggressive, comatose, etc.) and report the findings to the HCN, CHN, NIC, as appropriate.
  • Provide/deliver treatment including, but not limited to, designated rehabilitation functions (i.e. therapeutic exercise, range of motion, or speech training, etc.) identified by a rehabilitation practitioner and designated nursing functions (i.e. dressing or re-dressing wounds, applying topical cream on bed sores, simple dressings, basic foot care and footbaths, blood sugar tests as outlined in the client's care plan.
  • Assist in the development of a care plan and revisions as changes occur in a client's condition.
  • Deliver and ensure ingestion of medications as directed by the HCN, or designate.
  • Monitor the condition of clients throughout the duration of their treatment, illness or stay in the program.
  • Provide medical interpretation to clients using the NWT's Medical Interpreter's Guide.
  • Assist clients to achieve or maintain their optimum level of health or provide support to the client and their family through the process of dying.
  • Advocate the dignity and self-respect of clients.
  • Promote the autonomy of clients and help them to express their health needs and values to obtain appropriate information and services.
  • Package and transport blood, body fluids, and other hazardous materials.
  • Safeguard the trust of clients that information learned while providing services is confidential and is not shared outside the work environment of the Deh Cho Health and Social Services in Fort Simpson without the client's written permission or as legally required. Assist clients with all activities of daily living (i.e. including but not limited to eating, dressing, bathing, personal hygiene, etc.).
  • Assist clients with all instrumental activities of daily living (i.e. including but not limited to cooking, homemaking, banking, shopping, etc).
  • Promote clients' interaction with family members and socialization in the community.
  • Provide respite care for primary caregivers.
  • Promote dignity, comfort and respect for the clients cultural and personal beliefs.
  • Collaborate with health care providers involved with the clients in fort Simpson to ensure a holistic approach to daily living needs. Report any damage or problems with equipment, tools or structures used by the HSW or within clients home so that arrangements can be made for corrective action in a timely manner.
  • Monitor stock levels (medical and non-medical) and notify the HCN when levels are getting low so arrangements for the ordering of supplies is done in a timely manner, as required.
  • Prepare written shift reports on services provided , results of health monitoring activities (i.e. blood pressure, etc.), and any incidents about clients that occur outside the norm.
  • Collect individual statistics for management. Attend interdisciplinary team meetings as requested by the HCN.
  • Collaborate in the review of all client care plans with the HCN on a regular basis.
  • Attend client case conferences as requested by the HCN.
  • Collaborate in planning and facilitating social activities with/for home care clients.
  • Escort home care clients to exterior medical appointments where family members are not available.
  • Provide transportation for medical appointments, community errands and social activities when necessary.
  • Housekeeping services.
  • Personal care.
  • Meal planning .
  • Emotional support .