SavePlus Home Care Services Personal Support Specialist Portland, ME · Full time

PSSs provide services related to a member's physical requirements for assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). A PSS provides these services according to an authorized plan of care, which can be different depending on where and who they are working with.

Description

  • Must be 18 years of age and a high school graduate (or equivalent). Must complete approved PSS training program within 6 months of hire.
  • Must have valid Maine Drivers License and liability insurance/registration if transporting clients.
  • A limited PSS certificate will be given to those individuals who have completed the authorized PSS training within 6 months of hire, who are not high school graduates, and who can not speak or write English fluently. This limited PSS certificate will enable them to care for their family member ONLY.


Duties


  • Assist client with personal care activities, including but not limited to: bathing, mouth/skin/and hair care.
  • Observe Universal Precautions
  • Assist client to the bathroom, commode or with the bedpan.
  • Assist client with transfers and ambulation. (Use of gait belt when appropriate)
  • Assist client with laundry activities including: washing, drying, folding, putting clothes away.
  • changing bed linen, mending and ironing clothing.
  • Assist client with meals, including but not limited to: cooking, setting up, feeding, storing meals, washing and putting away dishes.
  • Remind client to take medications.
  • Assist client with shopping, including but not limited to: grocery shopping and personal shopping.
  • Assist client with transportation to medical appointments, hair dresser, shopping, etc.
  • Document each visit and include client signature, your signature, title (PSS), and date.
  • Turn in completed and accurate time sheets as directed.
  • Attend mandated training meetings as determined by management.
  • Take turns in keeping the main office clean and tidy, including, but not limited to, wiping down the kitchen and bathroom areas, vacuuming, and dusting.
  • Provide companionship to clients when required.


  • Physical/Emotional Effort Required:


  •  Regular standing, walking, squatting, kneeling, crouching, reaching.
  •  Regular pushing/pulling of wheelchairs across tiled/carpeted surfaces.
  •  Regular lifting or turning clients usually weighing between 100-300# with assistive devices (gait belt/mechanical lift). Able to lift 50#.
  •  Reading and writing, such as, pertinent clinical care information, in English.
  •  Comprehension, such as understanding verbal or written assignments, safety-related information in English and medical terminology.
  •  Visual and hearing skills, such as observing, listening, and responding to clients and care situations.
  •  Coping skills, such as flexibility in dealing with constant change, difficult client behaviors, emergency situations, and client death.

Salary

$19 - $20 per hour