Skills for Home Care Assistant

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Home Care Assistants offer support to elderly people, convalescents or patients with disabilities in their homes or in care facilities.

A list of skills for home care assistant can help you prepare well as well as compose an attractive resume for this position. Before you start writing your resume, read the job description issued by the prospective employer and then incorporate those skills in the resume that best matches the requirements of the employer. It may be a tiresome task but it is worth all the trouble because the resulting resume will be a targeted and employer centered one.

Below is a list of some skills which are required for the position of a home care assistant.

Skills for Home Care Assistant

As this is a very sensitive position, the employers hire only highly skilled individuals. In order to qualify for this position, the candidate must showcase following skills according to the guidelines issued by the Washington State Department of health.

General Care
• Developing good relationship with the client.
• Provide companionship and emotional support to the client.
• Make sure that the objects of daily use, such as, water, books, glasses are in client’s reach.
Meal Preparation and Feeding
• Preparing balanced meals for the day.
• Preparing healthy and nutritious food according to client’s preferences.
• Feeding the patient by seating her/him in an upright position.
• Fixing a napkin while feeding and removal of the same at the end of meal.

Administering Medication
• Assisting with transportation to and from appointments and doctor’s visit, measuring and recording blood pressure and sugar and administering medications.

Walking and exercising the client
• Ensuring sufficient exercise for the client, especially after meals.
• Providing physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, standing, walking, or exercising.
• Assisting patient with daily exercises including walking and stretching
• Ensuring patients are in comfort, stable, and calm condition.

Hygiene
• Assisting patient with bathing.
• Wiping the face and hands after every meal.
• Combing of hair, finger nail trimming and brushing of teeth.
• Assisting with toileting and ambulation of consumers as needed.

Assisting the clients in bathroom / with a catheter
• Assisting the client with bathing.
• Ensuring hygienic emptying and timely replacement of catheter
• Supporting with toileting, including use of bedpan, commode or toilet.

Dressing
• Ensuring neat and clean dressing of the client.
• Providing assistance with dressing and grooming.
• Assisting the patient in changing clothes, buttoning and unbuttoning.

Respecting client’s privacy
• Ensuring all clients were safe, and comfortable while maintaining their rights and dignity.

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